ST. LOUIS, Mo. Investigators say the suspect on the run from police collided with a pickup truck carrying seven members of the same family. Four adults in the car were killed and three children were injured. Other family members are now speaking out saying they want justice.
“We had to bury four family members, and an extended family, and it happened right before Mother’s Day. I want to call my mom and say ‘Hey mom, Happy Mother’s Day! What do you want to do now?’ But I can’t,” explained Aaron Piggee.
Pidgee lost her mother, sister and two uncles in just a few minutes Friday night. Pidgee says that no one can survive with the driver at 100 mph.
“When I got that phone call, I automatically freaked out and there was no way this could have happened,” Pidgee said.
Pidgee rushed to Barnes Jewish Hospital early Saturday morning to find her 15-year-old daughter, Anniysha Wallace, 10-year-old niece, Takara, and 6-year-old niece, Trinity, in critical condition. As of Sunday, Wallace and Trinity are no longer life support. Takara, 11, is still unstable.
Pidgee said the following family members, which have not been confirmed by police, died in the crash:
1. Luther Simmons 4 years old, uncle of Pidgee
2. Ephraim Simmons 47 years old, uncle of Pidgee
3. LaRhonda Simmons 34 years old, Pidgee’s sister
4. Angelique Simmons-Walker 56 years old, Pidgee’s mother
“When the police go after these cars, stolen or whatever, they don’t think about the people around them. My family should still be here today, but why? I have no answer from them. Detectives don’t have an answer for me,” Piggee said.
The driver of the Jeep Cherokee that killed the Pidgee family was still on the run. Two other 17-year-olds in the car, one of whom shot at other cars during the scramble, have been detained as minors.
“We want justice. We’re not going to let this happen and this happens to the next family, to the next family, to the next family. This has to stop today,” said Piggee.
Pidgee said the teens who beat and killed his family weren’t the only ones responsible.
“I really think that St. Louis City needs to be held accountable. We have to stop the police from chasing, period. Everywhere. It has to end because it’s dangerous. Families are losing loved ones to this,” said Piggee.
Over the past two weeks, suspects on the run from police have caused three separate crashes inside the City of St. Louis, where innocent victims were killed. Pidgee told News 4 that two juvenile suspects arrested at the scene have been released from police custody. News 4 is working to confirm that with the police. We also requested full body and camera footage of the incident. From previous chases, police cameras will automatically turn on when they reach high speed.
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