ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Police say a woman ran a stop sign and never hit the brake before hitting and killing a child riding his bike in south St. Louis last year.
Jamaica Jackson was taken into custody Wednesday, 13 months after the crash.
Police said 7-year-old Demond Moorehead was hit by a red Jeep driven by a teenage girl around 7 p.m. on April 23, 2017 at the intersection of 7700 Michigan Ave. and Ivory.
According to authorities, the boy was riding his bike when he pulled out from an alley in front of the Ivory Theatre and was hit by the Jeep and ejected from the bike. Moorehead was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died.
It was initially ruled an accident but Moorehead's mother, Johnicka Davis never believed that. She didn't give up on seeking justice for her son.
"I can sleep a little better, no more restless nights, no more feeling down as much knowing that the person responsible is going to be behind bars," said Davis.
More than a year later, 18-year-old Jamaica Jackson was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter for Moorehead’s death. According to the charging documents, police say a video shows Jackson roll through the stop sign and travel 36 miles per hour. The speed limit on the residential street is 25 miles per hour. She was taken into custody on May 23, 2018.
"My analysis shows that defendant must have accelerated near the full power capacity of the engine to achieve the determined speed," said the officer in charge of the investigation. According to police video shows the defendant never slowed down before hitting Moorehead.
The investigation is ongoing.
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