Updated 08/28/15 – 10:22 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A couple from south suburban Robbins was killed Thursday night, leaving their three children orphaned, when their minivan was struck by two vehicles that appeared to be street racing, and blew a stop sign.
Robbins Police Chief Mitchell Davis said 43-year-old Cherise Davis-Jones was driving her family in a minivan along 137th Street around 7:40 p.m., when two speeding cars blew a stop sign at Central Park Avenue, and smashed into the minivan, which did not have to stop.
Eyewitnesses told police a 2001 Buick Regal and a 2005 Nissan Altima were speeding north on Central Park Avenue, possibly drag racing, when they ran through the stop sign at 137th Street, hitting Davis-Jones’ minivan, which flipped on its roof.
The family was on their way home from a church event at the time of the event, and all of them were wearing seat belts, but the impact of the crash was too strong for the front of the van. Davis-Jones and her 59-year-old husband, Less Jones III, were killed.
“This is probably as sad as it gets. You’ve got parents who were in a minivan, with their three young kids. They’re doing everything that they’re supposed to do. They’ve got themselves buckled in. They’ve got their kids buckled in. They’re going down the street, they’re not doing anything wrong, and then out of the blue, their lives are just devastated, and we have three orphans now,” Davis said. “They may have lost their parents, but they have not lost the Robbins community.”