MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — A Moline police officer won’t face charges in the May death of a 13-year-old boy struck by her squad car as she was responding to an emergency call in the northwestern Illinois city.
An investigation report released Tuesday by the Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office into the fatal crash involving Officer Katherine Pennacchio states “there is no indication that Officer Pennacchio violated any laws” in the May 4 crash that killed Charles W. Hubbard.
Pennacchio was responding to an emergency call about several people attacking each other with bats and vehicles when her squad car hit the Moline boy as he was riding a bicycle. Hubbard was pronounced dead at a hospital, The Quad-City Times reported.
Pennacchio was southbound wearing her seat belt, was not texting and was traveling about 15 mph over the posted speed limit of 40 mph, the report states. She did not have her squad car’s lights and sirens activated.
Under Illinois law, officers can exceed the maximum speed limits when responding to an emergency, and police vehicles are not required to have their lights and sirens on when speeding, as long as they are acting with caution.
Video footage from Pennachio’s body camera and vehicle’s camera shows Hubbard riding his bike on the right side of the street before he turned left and crossed in front of her car about 1.5 seconds before she struck him.