Fight Over Vehicle Purchase Led to Fatal Crash, Prosecutors Say

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    An argument between two best friends over the purchase of a van escalated to a high-speed chase between them and ended with an innocent bicyclist killed, prosecutors said.

    Tyrice Pryor, 21,of the 6100 block of N. Hamilton Ave. was arrested several hours after the incident and ordered held on $2 million bond during a court appearance Thursday.

    Cyclist Was "In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time"

    [CHI] Cyclist Was "In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time"
    Jepson Livingston was caught in the middle of two gangs and killed when he was struck by a van. (Published Friday, Dec 18, 2009)

    Prosecutors say Pryor got into an argument on Tuesday with his friend, whom they haven't named, because both of them wanted to buy the same van.

    The two men got back into their original vans and chased each other down West Diversey Avenue, police said. Pryor's vehicle allegedly rear-ended or rammed the other van, the police report said.

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    [CHI] Surveillance Video Shows Van Crashing into Repair Lot
    Jepson Livingston was caught in the middle of two gangs and killed when he was struck by a van. Surveillance video recorded some of the aftermath. (Published Friday, Dec 18, 2009)

    At the same time, 32-year-old Jepson Livingston was out with his brother's bike on his way to fill-out job applications. He was hit by one of the vans in the 3800 block of West Diversey Avenue, police said, and was pronounced dead shortly afterward.

    Livingston's uncle, Edward Ziemba, says the second driver should also be charged.

    "It’s stupid. Someone lost their life because of two idiots," Ziemba said.

    Livingston's sister, Emily, says her brother was just in "the wrong place at the wrong time," and said his death was heartbreaking for the family.