A West Town motorist on parole for aggravated DUI and driving on a revoked license was traveling 91 mph when he rear-ended a car carrying a 1-year-old girl, killing her moments before she would have been at her home last month, prosecutors said in court on Thursday.
Judge David Navarro ordered Damien Davis held on $500,000 bail during a livestreamed hearing broadcast on YouTube. Davis must post $50,000 to be released.
Davis, 35, is charged with reckless homicide and also faces misdemeanor charges of driving on a revoked license and speeding over 35 mph, as well as traffic citations, in the death early May 27 of Jamyah Harris in the 300 block of South Western Avenue, according to officials.
Jamyah was in the back seat of a Toyota Camry that was just about to turn into her apartment complex and traveling only 13 mph when Davis, who’d been traveling north on Western at times in excess of 100 mph, rammed into the Camry, said Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Deboni. The posted speed limit is 30 mph.
The back of the Camry was “crushed into the interior,” and pushed into other parked cars while Davis spun down Western Avenue, crashing into another car before continuing traveling sideways, when he hit a motorbike and another parked car before coming to rest, Deboni said.
After the crash, Jamya’s mother and another woman in the car carried the girl into their home, where they tried to render aid and called 911.
“She was pulseless” when she got to Stroger Hospital, hospital, Deboni said.
Jamyah was pronounced dead there at 12:58 a.m. after suffering multiple blunt-force injuries in the crash, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Her mother suffered back injuries and was later released from Stroger, and the other woman had back pain, Deboni said.
The police did not know the extent of the child’s injuries and were investigating at the scene when they saw Davis standing outside his car for a while and then leave the scene, without coming back.
Davis’ Chrysler was traveling 91 mph at the time of impact and 97 mph five seconds before the collision
“The brakes were never engaged,” DeBoni said.
Police cameras had tracked him from the 7000 block of South Western Avenue, which was only “five minutes of driving” prior to the crash.
During that time, he was speeding, disregarding stop lights, driving toward oncoming cars and over lane markers, DeBoni said.
Davis, of the 1700 block of West Maypole Avenue, was arrested by members of the Great Lakes Regional Task Force about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday on the block where he lives, police said in a news release.
Davis was on parole for a 2012 aggravated DUI involved death conviction, for which his license was revoked. Davis also has multiple narcotics convictions, from 2010, 2008, 2006 and 2004, Deboni said.
Davis is married, has four children, the oldest of whom is 12 and the youngest 1 month, said his attorney, Edward Austin. He was born and raised in Chicago and “mainly” lived in foster care. He currently works at a candy warehouse, said Austin.
Before setting bail, Judge Navarro said the baby was “really almost home … they were turning into their residence when the car was struck,” Navarro said.
“You were armed with a deadly weapon and unfortunately that weapon caused the death of this 17-month-old victim,’' Navarro said.
Davis is due back in court on June 30.