Posted On: June 14, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Mother Claims Daughter’s Chicago Car Dragging Death Was No Accident

The mother of a Proviso West High School cheerleader who died after she was hit by a car driven by one of her friends on Saturday night claims that the Chicago car crash was no accident. Carmen Harper is convinced that someone tried to intentionally hurt Nakella Harper.

The 18-year-old was attending a graduation party on June 12 when a gang-related brawl broke out. Nakella then ran into the street where she reportedly tripped and fell. An SUV driven by a friend of Nakella's accidentally struck her and the teenager's body, now pinned under the sport utility vehicle, was dragged some 30 to 40 feet.

Nakella was taken to a Maywood hospital where she died. Autopsy results found that her death, from multiple injuries sustained during the Chicago pedestrian accident, was accidental.

However, Carmen Harper is now claiming that she believes that Nakella didn’t just trip and fall but that someone else struck the teenager, which caused her to fall in front of the vehicle that struck hit. Carmen also contends that the car that ran over her daughter was rear-ended by another vehicle. She is asking people to step forward to tell police what really happened.

Dragging Death of Cheerleader No Accident, Mother Says, NBC, June 14, 2010

Teen dies after being dragged by SUV, Chicago Tribune, June 13, 2010

Our Chicago car accident lawyers know how horrible it is to lose someone in a traffic crash that could have been prevented were it not for another person's negligence, carelessness, or recklessness. There are steps that an experienced Chicago injury law firm can take to ensure that all responsible parties are held liable.

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