Parole absconder found guilty in death of 2 children in Detroit chase
A 30-year-old man was convicted Wednesday of involuntary manslaughter and other charges after he struck and killed two children last summer during a high-speed police chase on the city’s east side.
A Wayne County Circuit Court jury found Lorenzo Harris, a parole absconder at the time of the crash, guilty of charges including two counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Harris is expected to be sentenced April 6.
According to police, Harris plowed into 3-year-old Makiah Jackson and her 6-year-old brother Michaelangelo as they played on the sidewalk near their home on Nottingham on June 24, 2015. Three other children and a woman were hurt when they were hit by the Chevrolet Camaro, which hit a porch, according to police.
Police put Makiah in a scout car and rushed her to St. John Hospital and Medical Center. When they arrived they were told by doctors there was nothing that could be done. The girl had a broken neck. Makiah’s brother also died in the crash.
Three other children and a woman were hurt.
Police said Harris reached speeds of 100 mph during the chase in a 25 mph zone. The incident sparked outrage in the community and calls for a review of police-chase policy in Detroit.
Harris also was found guilty Wednesday of two counts of fleeing and eluding, three counts of reckless driving causing serious impairment, unlawful driving away from an accident, carrying a concealed weapon, felon in possession and felony firearm.