Family speaks out after daughter killed in Warren police chase

Posted at 5:44 PM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-06 18:00:34-04

The parents of a teen killed in a Warren Police chase over the weekend are speaking out.

Nineteen-year-old Daziah Crawford was killed on Sunday while driving with her 15-year-old brother. Warren Police said their officer spotted Alyssa Verbeke at 8 Mile and Fairport. She has a lengthy criminal record and has warrants out for her arrest. Verbeke took off and a chase ensued. It ended when Verbeke t-boning Crawford and her brother at Airport and Lappin. 

Natavia Crawford, Daziah's mother says the chase should not have occurred in the residential area. 

“Not only to the girl that caused the accident but also to the police because this is a residential area,” Crawford said. “At that speed, there should not be a chase going through a residential area.”

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said that the chase was not long and not at high speeds. 

“This was not a high-speed chase and it was not an extensive chase,” Dwyer said. “It lasted less than a mile and the speeds were not over 50 miles per hour.”

Detroit Police Department has taken over the investigation since it happened within Detroit city limits.

Verbeke is currently in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No word yet on the charges she will be facing. 

Daziah Crawford was going to be a sophomore at Eastern Michigan studying journalism. 

“She was an aspiring writer,” Crawford said. “She loved to write music and stories. Reading her stories, it was almost like they were coming to life.”