Family of man killed when unmarked Chicago police car hit motorized bike files suit

'He deserves answers. We deserve answers.'

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Friday, July 17, 2020
Family of Mario Winters, killed when unmarked Chicago police car hit motorized bike on South Halsted Street, files suit
The family of a man killed by an unmarked Chicago police car is suing the city.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Mario Winters' family is furious and inconsolable after an unmarked Chicago police car struck and killed him.

"My daughter is never going to see her father again," said Victoria Powell, the mother of Winters' child. "I didn't know that Tuesday was going to be the last time that we was going to spend together."

A week ago family said Winters was riding a scooter, when an unmarked Chicago police SUV slammed into him near 118th and Halsted streets, killing the father of five children.

"We gotta stop this. Seriously. Now we got kids growing up without fathers because the police want to drive stupid," said Angelica Mann, a mother of another of Winters' children.

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Chicago police said the officers were part of a tactical team responding to a call, but Winters' family said witnesses believe officers were part of a police chase pursuing with lights, but no sirens.

"According to witnesses, the SUV was traveling out of control and at a high rate of speed," said Andrew Stroth, with Action Injury Law Group.

Another lawyer said a video should exist of the crash.

"If we're not going to ban chases, we need to mandate ... that dashcam videos are placed in all police vehicles," Tony Romanucci said.

So now Winters' family and their attorneys are demanding any video and pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

"I just want to know what happened and why did it happen?" Powell said. "I just need someone to answer those questions because he deserves answers. We deserve answers."