De la Cruz was reporting their progress the whole way, alternately coached and praised by the female dispatcher.
“You’re doing a great job, OK? I just want you to stay on the phone with me, OK?” she said.
Then, a squad car intercepted the sedan, and de la Cruz gave a tragic play-by-play.
“OK, they’re pulling them over, they turned on their lights right now. … OK. Ohhhh, man.”
“Did the boy stop for the police?” the dispatcher asks.
“Yes, yes they stopped. He just crashed right now.”
“The little boy crashed?
The crash happened just three blocks from the family’s apartment. Six-year-old Aaliyah Felder later died from her injuries.
The mother ran over after seeing the police activity and was visibly distraught after discovering her children were in the car, Martos said.
“It was a horrible and tragic moment for her,” he said.