LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A 20-year-old man has been arrested for killing a 12-year-old girl during a high-speed police chase last month in Baltimore.

Baltimore Police say Kevin Simpson was fleeing officers May 27, in the 1100 block of E. Preston Street, when the Ford sedan he was driving ran a red light and crashed into a minivan carrying a woman and two children.

Police say 12-year-old Shanizya Taft was cut out of the car by firefighters but later died at the hospital. Taft’s mother and another child suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the Ford was traveling between 68 and 81 mph before impact, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Simpson ran into nearby woods after the crash and remained at large until Friday’s arrest. Witnesses at the crash scene said he was injured and bleeding when he fled.

Police say Simpson also is a person of interest in the killing of a 15-year-old boy in southwest Baltimore on May 26.

Authorities had been looking for a white Ford vehicle taken during the teen’s murder.


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