By P. J. McNeal, The Chicago Times

December 17, 2021

CHICAGO – A Chicago police officer now faces dismissal for his involvement in a fatal crash that killed a 2-year-old baby girl.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability handed down a recommendation that Officer Michael Mancha be dismissed for his actions leading to the fatal crash in Roseland in March of 2019 that killed Danyla Owens. 

Officer Mancha was with patrolling with his partner when they pulled over the father of Danyla, Donell Owens, for a minor traffic violation.  Donell Owens complied but then drove off initiating the pursuit that led to the death of his daughter.  As the chase reached the intersection of 107th Street and Calumet Avenue, Owen’s Chrysler smashed into another vehicle causing his daughter to be violently thrown forward in the vehicle to her death, according to CPD.

According to CPD, Donell Owens was taken into custody and charged with reckless homicide and being a felon in possession on a firearm, which may have been the reason why Owens fled the traffic stop.