EXCLUSIVE: Rockford Man Says Police Responsible For Him Being Paralyzed

ROCKFORD - The Winnebago-Boone County Integrity Task Force completes its investigation into a fatal car accident involving police. Eyewitness News Reporter Phillip Reed spoke with the driver of the vehicle on that March night.
Rockford- Drakaar Malone lays in a bed at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore with an I-V in his arm and cast on both feet. His body constantly twitching from muscle spasms. Malone is paralyzed form the neck down after a car crash allegedly caused by police, who Malone says were pursuing him without lights or sirens.

Malone says “I told my passengers in the car all to put their seatbelts on because the officer was coming to hit the car and as I seen him going to hit the car he hit the back of the car on the passenger side of the car, and the car flipped and rolled four times.”

Malone now spends his days confined to a hospital room with his pregnant fiancé by his side. Malone says “I ain’t gone be the type of father I’d want to be to my first child because of this situation.”

He hopes the investigation proves he did nothing wrong that night in March. A night that changed his life forever.

Eyewitness News reached out to the Winnebago County State’s Office and they said there is no timetable to determine when the investigation will be complete.
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