(CBS) – It started as a minor traffic violation and led to a high-speed police chase.
The result: the driver dead and life-changing injuries for innocent people.
2 Investigator Dave Savini speaks to one of the victims, who wants the chases to end.
Jose Izaguirre fights through permanent injuries to work in his Cicero barber shop. His pain is the result of a 2012 high-speed police chase.
A Summit police sergeant initiated the chase over a suspected speeding violation.
Dash camera video shows the chase ramped up from there, with speeds nearing 90 mph, moving in out of traffic and through red lights.
The chase continued past side streets and busy intersections into oncoming lanes. It ended in a cloud of smoke at 63rd and Harlem, with car parts flying everywhere.
The fleeing driver crashed into a white SUV carrying Izaguirre and two friends.
“I heard just a sudden shatter and lights out,” he says. “The vehicle actually rolled about five times.”
He and his friends were seriously injured. Izaguirre’s injuries included a dislocated shoulder and a fractured back. He says he spent six months in bed with a body brace.
“This case is a poster child of why high speed chases cause tremendous loss to human lives and families across the country,” says attorney Peter Cantwell, who represents the high-speed chase victim.
He says a police supervisor should have ordered the chase terminated.
Today, Izaguirre manages to cut hair, though one of his arms is limited in its capacity. He’s an advocate for controlling the use of high-speed chases.
“I can’t believe I survived. I can’t believe that was me in that vehicle,” he says.
The fleeing driver died in the crash. An autopsy showed he was under the influence of alcohol, but police did not know that during the chase.
The Summit Police Department did not respond to repeated attempts for comment for this report.