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: Chicago Weather: Rain Tapers Saturday Night, But More Scattered Showers Sunday
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: At Least 16 People Shot, 1 Killed In Gun Violence In Chicago This Weekend
“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: At Bond Hearing For Man Authorities Say Was With Him, Prosecutors Say 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo Had Gun In Hand When He Was Fatally Shot By Police
They also said wet roads and speed were major factors in the crash, not drugs or alcohol.