CHICAGO, IL – A $6.5 million settlement was approved in a lawsuit stemming from the death of an 8-year-old boy and the injury of an 11-year-old girl who were hit by an unmarked police car seven years ago.

Gregory Jones, 8, and Datondra Mitchell, 11, were crossing the street in May 2004 when they were hit by the police car. Jones died two days later, Mitchell suffered a fractured skull and lost her hearing for four months.

The officer driving the car said he was in pursuit with lights and siren on after seeing a man in a vehicle point a gun at someone on the sidewalk, according to a Law Department explanation of the case. The officer said he was reacting to a quickly evolving situation.

But none of the witnesses saw the car that Officer Mark Delboccio said he was pursuing, and a police investigation failed to locate it, according to the explanation.

Delboccio also did not get approval for a pursuit from a superior, said First Asst. Corporation Counsel Leslie Darling.

Under the settlement, the girl, who is now 18, will get $590,000, Darling said. The boy’s family will get the rest.

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