Family of woman killed during police chase discuss new video
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) —
Dash cam video shows the moments before a Battle Creek police chase took a deadly turn and the driver's family sat down to discuss their sudden loss.
The Family of Najee McGilbray, 22, said they never thought her young life would end like it did.
She died after crashing into a tree in Emmett Township.
Anne McGilbray, Najee's mother, said, “My whole world caved in. And I can't get those words out of my mind, ‘She didn't make it.’”
Battle Creek police said an officer caught her speeding early Sunday morning. Instead of stopping she hit the gas, blew through stop signs and intersections, and hit speeds as high as 90 miles per hour.
Her family flips through pictures trying to come to grips with the harsh reality.
Kyra McGilbray, Majee's sister, said, “I never thought that at the age of 22 I'm not going to see my sister anymore. My sister is not going to be here, it's almost Christmas.”
Battle Creek police said Najee’s death could have been avoided if she'd just stopped for the officer. The McGilbray family also has questions.
Anne said, “It's really hindsight and it's too late to say ‘would of, should of, could of,’ but I don't know it just seems like it was all unnecessary. To me, there was a better way to handle it. I feel like she was scared.”
Her family says they don't know why she made the decision to flee police, but say even in tragedy they remember her at her best, a big smile and full of laughter.
Anne said, “She gave her all even when she didn't want to she would still give. And I just wish she could have had more joy in her life.”