12-year-old dies nearly a month after being struck by an officer’s vehicle

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ST. LOUIS – A child has died after being hit by a police vehicle last month. Akeelah Jackson, 12,  was critically injured by a St. Louis County Police SUV.  She was hit at Halls Ferry Road and Canaan Avenue.

A St. Louis County Police Officer driving the SUV that struck Akeelah was placed on administrative leave. Police say the officer’s lights and sirens were not activated when a suspect with questionable vehicle registration was pursued.

A data box from the police vehicle determined the pursuit lasted 32 seconds and reach a peak speed of 59 miles per hour in 30 mile per hour zone.

The officer was placed on administrative leave after the collision. He has since been assigned to the department’s Division of Patrol.

St. Louis County Police say their Bureau of Professional Standards is continuing to investigate the officer’s role in the incident.

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