July 03, 2008
Agencies: Chicago Police Department Illinois
Cause of death: Vehicular
Last updated: about 3 years ago
Tommye Ruth Freeman was killed when a SUV fleeing police struck her car. Byron Brown, the SUV's driver, was apparently being pursued in connection with a nonviolent residential burglary. Brown was convicted of murder in Freeman's death in 2012, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. In July 2015, a jury awarded Freeman's family $2.1 million in damages.