Daughter finally gets details of mother's death in 1967

Full story: Chicago Tribune

Jerrilind Adams was seven months old when her mother died. She knows very little about what happened when a man being chased by police plowed into her mother's car in suburban Cook County 42 years ago.
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thingy

Terre Haute, IN

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Jun 13, 2009
 
What a sad situation.
It makes me angry, too.
No one willing to help this woman.
The guy served a little over a year?
Big deal.
And the cops were just as incompetent back then.
Some things never change.
Thanks Trib.

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Des Plaines, IL

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#2
Jun 13, 2009
 
He "went to jail for a long time, more than a year."

Sorry, "more than a year" for manslaughter and being on the run doesn't seem like a "long time" to me. Hopefully he was a tormented soul and "served time" that was as well...

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Des Plaines, IL

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Jun 13, 2009
 
Sorry for the typo... It should be "that WAY as well."
liza

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#4
Jun 13, 2009
 
'was 7 months old' works much better for the headline
Cheep Fly

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#5
Jun 13, 2009
 
My deepest sympathy to Jerrilind Adams and her family. I know there are several people that commit to criminal acts like Drunk Driving that innocent people are killed or seriously injured in accidents, and they do not even appear in Court. They just run to other states on a revoked drivers licenses and either commit the same crime or just go about their daily life and never own up to their mistake by paying a hefty fines and/or jail time. We do need tougher toxic substance abuse laws to keep this type of person from driving under any toxic substance abuse of any kind.
I am doing my part by not ever drinking. This way I have the best interest of all people at heart!
Barbara

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#6
Jun 13, 2009
 
It's 42 years later and we STILL have the same attitude toward "drinking and driving and the court system." Our sympathy to Jerrilind and all the others out there affected by these same issues.
fuzzy

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Jun 13, 2009
 
letting a guy fill his tank while giving him a ticket?i wonder if the cop checked his oil and cleaned his windows too.then he escapes from the hospital lame cops for sure,,,
Mike Nesci

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Jun 13, 2009
 
What happened to the jerk who killed Jerrilind's mother? Too bad she can't find him and have a couple of guys beat him senseless.
Mike Nesci

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Jun 13, 2009
 
Never mind, I misread the article...I see he died in 1981.
Republican

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Jun 13, 2009
 
Good job trib....keep up the good work.
Ella

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Jun 13, 2009
 
thingy wrote:
What a sad situation.
It makes me angry, too.
No one willing to help this woman.
The guy served a little over a year?
Big deal.
And the cops were just as incompetent back then.
Some things never change.
Thanks Trib.
As far as "incompetent" cops, perhaps you should call a plumber or even your barber when someone is breaking into your home. Until you walk in the shoes of any police officer, perhaps you could think before you call someone "incompetent". Why don't you tell us what you do for a living so we can slam that? Let me guess...pump gas, wash toilets, or something just as menial.

Though the case is more than 40-years-old, I'm glad this woman was able to get some answers concerning the death of her mother. As time has gone by, it is truly a shame that not much has changed as far as prosecuting drunk drivers. That is a tragedy as well.
thingy

Terre Haute, IN

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Jun 13, 2009
 
Ella wrote:
<quoted text> As far as "incompetent" cops, perhaps you should call a plumber or even your barber when someone is breaking into your home. Until you walk in the shoes of any police officer, perhaps you could think before you call someone "incompetent". Why don't you tell us what you do for a living so we can slam that? Let me guess...pump gas, wash toilets, or something just as menial.
Though the case is more than 40-years-old, I'm glad this woman was able to get some answers concerning the death of her mother. As time has gone by, it is truly a shame that not much has changed as far as prosecuting drunk drivers. That is a tragedy as well.
Don't be a bitch Ella. It's unbecoming.
I didn't say all cops are incompetent, but by this article, this cop was.
You guess wrong, babe.
And don't demean plumbers, gas station attendants, or people who wash toilets for a living.
eva

Chicago, IL

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#14
Jun 13, 2009
 
Come on...the Forest Park cops let this d-bag gas up his car while they wrote his ticket? And then he drove off?

It sound like a scene out of "Smoky and the Bandit," except this outcome wasn't humorous. I would hope someone in law enforcement learned a lesson from this.
Chicago News

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Jun 13, 2009
 
Well, if Ustrak served time, surely there are prison records to indicate that. Once again, the Trib produces an article that is maddeningly incomplete. This is the "new journalism" Zell is giving us.
Merton

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Jun 14, 2009
 
' Just wanted to say that over the past few weeks, I am increasingly proud of the Tribune. Articles like this one, the U of I clout scandal, etc., signal a return to old-fashioned journalism. This is why newspapers need to be preserved and how it will be done. No blog or television station can devote the necessary resources to these tasks and do this.

As to those like Chicago News, and others who are stuck in a nit-picking mode, if you think you can do it better on a daily basis, then this is really all you have to do: Get that journalism degree, do your time on several small newspapers, hone your writing, reporting and editing skills and then apply to and, if you're successful, try to make it on the staff of a major metropolitan daily.
mimigook

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Jun 14, 2009
 
fuzzy wrote:
letting a guy fill his tank while giving him a ticket?i wonder if the cop checked his oil and cleaned his windows too.then he escapes from the hospital lame cops for sure,,,
I'm not saying the cops were right (not hardly) but times really were different then...people had more respect for officers and they had no idea he was going to run...I'm sure lots of cops learned a lot from this murder!
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Jun 14, 2009
 
So you see a guy speeding and you turn on your lights and maybe siren. The car pulls into the gas station and stops at the pumps. You get his license and start writing him a ticket. While your doing this he gets out of his car and begins filling his tank.

This is 1968, not 2009, police officers were not so worried about people getting out of their cars back then. The police officer had his license, it's not like they didn't know who the guy was. Most people flee to avoid being caught, they don't stop and hand over their drivers license before fleeing.
Unbelievable

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Jun 14, 2009
 
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Chicago News

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Jun 19, 2009
 
Merton wrote:
' Just wanted to say that over the past few weeks, I am increasingly proud of the Tribune. Articles like this one, the U of I clout scandal, etc., signal a return to old-fashioned journalism. This is why newspapers need to be preserved and how it will be done. No blog or television station can devote the necessary resources to these tasks and do this.
As to those like Chicago News, and others who are stuck in a nit-picking mode, if you think you can do it better on a daily basis, then this is really all you have to do: Get that journalism degree, do your time on several small newspapers, hone your writing, reporting and editing skills and then apply to and, if you're successful, try to make it on the staff of a major metropolitan daily.
Rather thin-skinned, aren't we, Merton?

So let me get this straight---Trib readers have no right to criticize the Trib unless they themselves are degreed journalists working on major metropolitan newspapers.

OK. Let's use your logic elsewhere.

Would you say the same about the Trib's movie critic, theater critic, or music critic?

Would you say the same about sports fans who criticize the Cubs, Sox, Bulls or Bears?

Would you say the same about people who criticize politicians? "Until you get elected mayor of a major metrpolitan city, you have absolutely no right to (blah, blah, blah)."

See the flaw?
Jerrilind Adams

Hendersonville, NC

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#21
Jan 24, 2012
 
Hello sorry so late to comment but I only just located this.

I appreciate all the comments. I am still on my quest of getting the truth.
What the news paper didn't say was the fact my mother was run over after being thrown from her car.
An error in judgement of 1 police officer changed my life for ever.

If it were your mother,father sister or brother you would feel the same as I do. There is no reason for high speed chases when you know the identity of the person being sought.
The police chase that took my mother from me should have never happened.

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