Family Seeks Evidence in Fatal Hit, Run Case

Wrongful death lawsuit planned

The family of a 13-year-old boy killed last month when a Chicago Police officer allegedly struck him with his SUV and fled filed a petition for discovery in Cook County Circuit court Thursday.

The petition states that documents about the vehicle and Richard Bolling’s use of the vehicle are needed to "fully and accurately" determine who may be liable when the family of Trenton Booker files a wrongful death lawsuit.

Booker was on his bike when he was struck in the early-morning hours of May 22 while riding his bike near 81st and Ashland.  He was pronounced dead minutes after arriving at the hospital.

Bolling, 39, was taken into custody shortly after the incident and charged with aggravated driving under the influence, reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident with death or injury.  He was also cited with driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street and transportation of alcohol.

He was released from jail on Tuesday after posting $100,000 bail, a day after Booker's funeral.

Officers who arrested Bolling said they noticed a "moderate odor" of alcohol on Bolling’s breath and indicated that he "did not seem to be impaired" after he performed the standard field sobriety test, the police report stated.  But the Cook County state's attorney's office said nearly four hours passed before the off-duty officer was given a Breathalyzer test.

Bolling’s next court date has been set for June 12.

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