Family wants answers after cruiser kills son

Posted at 10:40 PM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-19 13:11:15-05

The family of 22-year-old Christopher LaShon Kimble Junior believes they deserve some answers more than 10 weeks after Kimble was killed by an East Cleveland police cruiser.

According to police reports, Kimble was attempting to cross Superior Avenue when he was hit by an eastbound police car driven by East Cleveland officer Kyle Pettus back on Oct. 3.

Reports confirm Pettus did not have his police lights or siren activated at the time of the incident, and that a front light on the cruiser was burned out.

Kimble's mother Layota Ceasor told she has heard nothing about the ongoing investigation, even pleading her case in front of East Cleveland city council members and Mayor Gary Norton.

The investigation into the incident was handled by the Ohio Highway Patrol, and handed over to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office.

"I am mad as hell, I am angry and I'm stuck there, because I am stuck waiting for answers," said Ceasor. "And to not even get an apology from anybody, a phone call, a letter." contacted Mayor Gary Norton and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office for an update on the case.

Norton responded with the following statement.

"My prayers are with the family. State Highway patrol conducted the accident investigation," said Norton.

The accident investigation report and results were shared only with the county prosecutor, not the city, so the county prosecutor could determine whether the officer should be charged.

The officer is not on paid leave.

"The family is grieving and hurt beyond belief. The existence of grief and pain, however, does not necessarily mean that justice will be denied."

The crosswalk lights near the scene remain broken, even though brought it to the attention of city hall several weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Ceasor and her family believe they deserve some answers as soon as possible.

"I watched it on breaking news like everybody else, while I had to scrape to bury my 22-year-old son, who was simply crossing the street," said Ceasor.

"I want action, I want the Mayor of East Cleveland to answer.  I want the county prosecutor to do his job."


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