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Family of retired pastor who was killed in high-speed crash calls for investigation into his death – NBC Chicago



Neely Dotson was 87 when he died in a car crash in late May, but no one was ever arrested following the crash.

The crash happened on the Lincoln Freeway near Interstate-57. Police reports the family gave to NBC 5 show the car, a Toyota, that hit Dotson was traveling over 70 miles per hour.

Reports also indicate that the driver of the Toyota smelled of alcohol and marijuana and refused to provide a blood and urine sample to the hospital.

“I’ve never heard of anyone being able to not take a breathalyzer if a police officer smelled alcohol,” Dotson’s daughter, Neeketta Reed, said. “That is grounds for arrest. I’m hurt, angry…all those feelings. I want the facts.

Months after the accident, the family learned that the driver involved was charged with speeding.

How can (one) kill someone and get away with a speeding ticket? Reed said. “It just doesn’t make sense.”

The family is calling on Matteson Suburban Police and prosecutors to reopen the case.

Matteson Police provided NBC 5 with the following statement:

After the investigation was completed, the lead detective contacted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for a review of potential charges. After reviewing the case, the state’s attorney’s office advised that the appropriate charge should be aggravated speeding; speed alone cannot be used to satisfy the requirements of the offense of reckless homicide.

NBC 5 also contacted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, which issued the following statement:

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has not been contacted by police for a review of the felony charges – police directly filed misdemeanors and traffic violations which are currently pending before the tribunal.


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