A mother and son from Dayton, Ohio, were killed on the night of Wednesday, Nov. 29, when a car fleeing police crashed into their house.
Maria Davis, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene after a car smashed into the living room of her single-story home in the 800 block of Lilac Avenue, near Kammer Avenue. The crash occurred at about 10:45 p.m., WDTN TV reported.
Davis’s 7-year-old son, Jerome, was rushed to Dayton Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Dayton Police Lieutenant Steven Bauer.
A third, so far unidentified occupant of the house was unhurt. All three were in the living room when the car plowed through the wall.
Lt. Bauer told WHIO that an officer driving through the neighborhood saw a car fleeing him at high speed. Apparently, the driver panicked when he saw the police cruiser.
Before the officer could conduct a traffic stop, the car crashed into the Davis home.
Police arrested Kesean W. Parks, 24, at the scene and booked him on preliminary charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drugs. According to WHIO, police found a handgun and felony quantities of a controlled substance in the car.
Police have not yet reported if Parks was in any way intoxicated or impaired while driving.
Police were not certain if Parks was alone in the car. A crash reconstruction team, the professional standards bureau, and the violent offenders unit were all called to the scene to assist with the investigation.
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