Jamyah Harris was killed in a hit-and-run crash on the Near West Side. A $5,000 reward was issued for the driver. | Provided photo
Jamyah Harris was in the backseat of a double-parked car on Western Avenue in late May when a speeding driver rear-ended the car.
A speeding driver who crashed into several cars last month on the Near West Side and killed a 1-year-old girl has been charged with reckless homicide, police say.
Damien Davis is also charged with misdemeanor driving with a revoked license and speeding 35 mph over the limit in the crash that killed Jamyah Harris, according to Chicago police.
Davis, 35, was speeding in a Chrysler shortly after midnight May 27 and slammed into a double-parked Toyota sedan occupied by Jamyah and two others in the 300 block of South Western Avenue, police said.
Jamyah was taken to Stroger Hospital where she was pronounced dead, police said. The other two women in the car refused medical attention.
After hitting the Toyota, the driver of the Chrysler struck several parked cars and then jumped out and ran away, police said.
A witness saw the Chrysler turn from Jackson Boulevard and speed north on Western. The car “flipped over, hit a truck and then a tree,” said Martha Gaston, who was in one the other cars damaged in the crash. She said the driver immediately ran off.
A $5,000 reward was issued for the arrest and conviction of the driver who crashed. It wasn’t immediately clear if a tip led to Davis’ arrest.
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Flanked by family members and supporters, including Early Walker (left), Rachel Harris speaks about her 1-year-old granddaughter, Jamyah Harris, during a news conference Thursday outside Chicago Police Department headquarters on the South Side.
“She didn’t deserve this,” Jamyah’s grandmother Rachel Harris said at a new conference after the crash. “You took a hole and put it in her (mother’s) heart.”
Davis, of West Town, was arrested Wednesday morning in the 1700 block of West Maypole Avenue by the Great Lakes Regional Task Force, police said.
He also faces citations for overtaking on the left and disregarding two stop lights, police said.
Davis was expected to have an initial court hearing later Thursday.