PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A grieving family is searching for answers after their loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident involving an on-duty Philadelphia Police officer earlier this month.
“He loved spending time with his three kids,” said Ivory Worrell, the man’s sister. “Supporting them and spending time with them was a priority.”
Now, Curtis Worrell’s three children will grow up without their father. On September 3rd, Worrell hopped on his motorcycle to make a quick trip to the store. He never made it back home.
“My family is just broken, our hearts are broken,” Ivory said. “He is just very missed.”
Surveillance video captured at the intersection of Chelten Avenue and Wister Street shows the collision of Worrell’s motorcycle and a Philadelphia Police SUV with its lights and sirens on. The accident investigation is ongoing, but a police spokeswoman said the officer was responding to an officer assist call and had the green light.
Attorney Donte Mills of Mills and Edwards, LLP, is representing the Worrell family. He strongly disputes the police account of the accident.
“In the video, it’s clear that after the impact with Curtis, after the officer’s vehicle struck Curtis on the motorcycle, the light then turns red for Curtis,” Mills said. “So he had the right of way, no question about it.”
“No one has reached out to me about my brother,” Ivory said. “No one from the police department at all.”
Ivory, Curtis’ only sibling, is now left to raise his three children.
“I want his kids to know that he loved them and that we’re going to do everything we can to make sure their future is still bright,” she said.
The Worrell family also wants to make sure the police department takes responsibility for Curtis’ death.
“What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong,” said attorney Lennon Edwards. “And it doesn’t matter whether you’re wearing blue or whether you’re dressed as a civilian. We’re all one community and we live by one standard.”
The officer remains on full duty in the 14th district, while the accident is under investigation. Meanwhile, Worrell’s funeral is Saturday, September 17th.
The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for Worrell’s funeral expenses.