Mother of Akron man killed in crash sues police

CINCINNATI (AP) — The mother of an Akron man killed in a car crash after she says police chased him at speeds of 90 mph without probable cause and left him to die has sued the city and the officers involved.

Merilyn Blackmon filed the wrongful death lawsuit in federal court in Akron on Monday.

She's accusing a group of unnamed officers of intentionally hurting her son, Jeffere Blackmon, by initiating a high-speed chase, hitting his car and causing it to crash through an unoccupied basement on May 18, 2012.

Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards and city attorney Cheri Cunningham didn't responded to messages left Thursday.

Edwards said at the time of the crash, police weren't chasing Blackmon but "spotted him flying through" a neighborhood before losing track of him.