CHICAGO (CBS)– A 16-year-old now faces reckless homicide charges after a high-speed crash that killed Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy James Koch.
According to the Chicago Ride Police Department, a Nissan, driven by a 16-year-old, struck Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy James Koch’s vehicle. Koch was trapped in his vehicle, a 2002 Chevrolet, and unresponsive when officials arrived on the scene in the 10100 block of Virginia Ave.READ MORE: At Least 3 Killed, 22 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago, Including Mass Shooting In Chatham
Koch was taken to Christ Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Koch was off-duty at the time of the accident and police said he was on his way home from his shift. According to officials, Koch’s specific title is electronic monitoring unit investigator and he had been with the Cook County Sheriff’s office for over 28 years.READ MORE: Man And Dog Shot In Bronzeville
“At approximately 12:30 p.m. today felony charges of Reckless Homicide in addition to no valid Driver License, Improper Lane Usage and Driving Too Fast for Conditions were approved by the State Attorney’s Office,” Chicago Ridge Chief Robert Pyznarski stated.
Police said the juvenile is being held in custody until his next hearing on April 5.MORE NEWS: Court Documents Reveal Kevin Jiang, Yale Student From Chicago, Was Shot Multiple Times At Close Range
They also said wet roads and speed were major factors in the crash, not drugs or alcohol.