​Detroit Police Gets Blame By Mother Over Son’s Death In Crash

Mom blames Detroit police for death of Trent Moses
Author: Jennifer HongBy:
Staff Reporter
Jun. 19, 2016

DETROIT, MI — Lisa Moses of Detroit, whose grief is mixed with anger for Detroit police, is attending her son’s funeral Monday morning after her fourteen-year-old son, Trent Moses, died after crashing his minibike.

The gas-powered, small-engine motorbike reached speeds of 40 mph while Trent Moses tried to evade two Detroit police cruisers.

He crashed into the side of a Pontiac driven by 26-year-old Cynthia Clark of Detroit.

Detroit police submitted their investigation to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to review for possible charges against Clark, whose license was suspended at the time of the accident.

Worthy in a press statement said Clark wasn’t at fault and she wouldn’t be issuing felony charges. Clark was charged with misdemeanor driving on a suspended license.

“Honestly, I didn’t want the woman to be charged, because she did not know what was going on,” Lisa Moses said. “But had (the police) not been chasing my son, none of this would have happened.

“It definitely was their fault.”

Moses said Detroit police Internal Affairs investigators visited her home to interview her last week.

The prosecutor, however, laid blame on Trent.

“At the time of the fatal crash in this case, the conduct of Mr. Moses speeding, evading the police, and running multiple stop signs was grossly negligent,” Worthy said.

It was dusk, about 9:10 p.m. June 10 when Lisa Moses says Trent and his twin brother were riding their minibikes — trent’s black, his brother’s red — around the neighborhood.

Moses said she was outside her home on the corner of Paul and Rosemont on Detroit’s west side when she saw two patrol cars chasing Trent. His brother, Lisa Moses said, went another direction and was not followed.

She said one officer was behind Trent while he traveled south on Rosemont and the other sped down a parallel street to try and cut Trent off down the road.

Worthy said the investigation shows Trent accelerated to near 45 mph and refused to stop when officers engaged their flashing lights and sirens.

Lisa Moses said police chased her son about a 1/10 of a mile, when he turned around, rode back toward the Moses home, ran the stop sign and crashed into Clark’s car.

“They chased him all the way down to Dayton and Rosemont,” she said. “They hit him, he maneuvered his bike, they tried to get him again and he cut through the cop cars.”

The mother didn’t see this but said she has spoken to neighbors who did. She hopes police will release dash-cam video to prove it.

Worthy said her office reviewed “interviews of witnesses, the crash scene investigation and the police in-car video.” Worthy did not comment on what the video showed in her statement but said police discontinued the pursuit prior to the crash.

Lisa Moses said her son was a hard-working, well-behaved student who attended the Academy for Business and Technology High School in Melvindale.

He worked part-time at a car wash and spent a lot of free time riding or tinkering with his minibike, Lisa Moses said.

Detroit police were criticized after another residential pursuit resulted in the death of two children and injuries to three others in March of 2015.

Michael A. Jackson, 6; and Makiah Jackson, 3, were killed when Detroit police chased a suspect believed to be armed with a handgun through an east side neighborhood in March 2015.

In that case, too, police said they disengaged from the chase before the suspect’s vehicle lost control, careened off the road and ran into the children playing in their front yard.

An internal investigation found officers should have taken into consideration the geography, neighborhood and time of day prior to commencing a chase.

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