Motorcycle Accident In Maywood Leads To Violence

On Saturday, August 11, an off-duty Chicago Police officer struck a 4-year-old girl who had run out in front of his motorcycle.  The accident happened in Maywood.

The officer, said to be 43 years old, was riding northbound on First Avenue near Madison Street Saturday evening when a girl suddenly darted into his path.  In an effort to avoid running into the girl, the officer purposely laid down his motorcycle onto the pavement.  However, in doing so, the bike skidded and flipped, and struck the girl, as well as her cousin, 18-year-old John Passley, of Bellwood.

As the officer tried to help the girl, her father, Christopher Middleton, 26, approached from a restaurant nearby and attacked the officer.

The officer told Middleton he was a police officer; however, Middleton struck the officer in the face, knocked him to the ground and continued striking him.

The officer reportedly pulled his gun and shot Middleton, who died.

According to officials, Passley was charged Monday with one count each of aggravated battery to a police officer, and aggravated battery on a public way.

Both the off-duty officer and the girl are expected to recover from their injuries.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the August 14 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man charged with attacking off-duty police officer whose motorcycle struck his 4-year-old cousin” as well as the August 14 NBC Chicago article titled “Man Charged In Attack on Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer.”


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