Homicide charges await man who fled from Oak Park traffic stop, killing driver of another vehicle

Kendall Harrison, 25, fled from a traffic stop and struck another vehicle on Saturday, March 9. Photo by the Oak Park Police Department.

A Chicago man is facing homicide charges after fleeing from a traffic stop near the intersection of South Boulevard and Ridgeland Avenue in Oak Park late Saturday night which resulted in the death of a driver whose vehicle he struck.

Kendall R. Harrison, 25 of the 1300 block of North Washtenaw Avenue in Chicago, was stopped by an Oak Park Police patrol vehicle on South Boulevard near Humphrey Avenue. As the officer was walking up to his car, Harrison sped off in his SUV and struck a sedan traveling through the intersection of South Boulevard and Ridgeland Avenue, killing the driver of the vehicle and seriously injuring a passenger.

The driver of the sedan has been identified as Joy Tyus, 28 of the 1000 block of North Waller Avenue in Chicago. Both Tyus and the passenger were taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for medical treatment. Tyus tragically passed away as a result of the injuries.

An official news release from the Village of Oak Park indicates that the police officer did not initiate a dangerous chase when Harrison fled from the traffic stop.

Harrison is currently in custody and scheduled in court today, March 12, for a bond hearing in Maywood.


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