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Off-duty officer killed in rollover crash

A 31-year-old off-duty Chicago police officer who died when the SUV she was driving rolled over on the Chicago Skyway late Friday was on her way to celebrate a new position with the department, according to her family.Shaunda Bond, 31, was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m. at the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She lived in the 4100 block of South Michigan Avenue in the Bronzeville neighborhood.


The officer’s older sister works in the section of the Chicago Police Department that investigates fatal accidents and answered the phone when officers on the Skyway called to notify them of the wreck, police said.

When Bond’s sister got the call informing her of the accident, she recognized the license plate number as that of her baby sister, said Sabrina Walls-Brown, a cousin. Family members said that the sister did not want to speak to reporters.

“She’s just not good at all,” Walls-Brown said.

Bond was on her way to meet her cousin Daphne Flores and three other friends at Patron’s Hacienda in the River North neighborhood to celebrate the woman getting a spot on a tactical response unit, said Flores. Police could not immediately confirm the information.

Bond joined the police department in December 2009 and was assigned to the South Chicago District, which covers the area from 75th Street south to 138th, between roughly Woodlawn Avenue and the state line.

“She loved helping people, she was always able to help somebody,” said Flores. “She just had a warm heart.”

Relatives gathered in the sparse living room of the Bond family home on the Far South Side Saturday afternoon, barely speaking above whispers and steeped in disbelief.

“When I got the call, I was like, what are you saying to me?” said Walls-Brown. “It didn’t really register until I walked through this door. I just can’t believe I won’t see her face again.”

Bond, the youngest of three girls, grew up in Chicago, graduated from Longwood Academy high school, and later attended Alabama State and Chicago State universities, according to the cousins. Though she pursued other career paths, Walls-Brown said it was Bond’s goal to become a police detective like her oldest sister.

Another sister is a Cook County Sheriff’s officer.

Outgoing, statuesque and adventurous, Bond had an affinity for travel, Walls-Brown said, and had planned to leave on Sunday for a two-week journey to Thailand.

“If you met her once, you would never forget her,” Walls-Brown said. “She just had a smile that would brighten up any room. She was always happy.”

Flores said Bond also considered being a teacher.

“She liked working with people, she loved public service work,” Flores said.

The crash happened about 10:40 p.m. Friday near 81st Street on the Skyway when the 2003 Land Rover SUV Bond was driving flipped over.

Bond was the lone occupant in the SUV, which was the only vehicle involved in the crash.

According to a witness interviewed by police, her SUV was seen traveling at a high rate of speed before it hit a concrete barrier and rolled.

By Peter Nickeas, Carlos Sadovi and Dawn Rhodes Tribune reporters
Twitter: @peternickeascsadovi@tribune.com cdrhodes@tribune.com

Copyright © 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC


11 Comments to “Off-duty officer killed in rollover crash”

    John said:
    February 16, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Texting while speeding…

      Bill said:
      February 16, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      Witnesses say her SUV was speeding before it hit the barrier. Moreover, police are not confirming if she was wearing her seatbelt. Tsk, tsk,tsk. RIP.

    Jim said:
    February 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    My Peace be with you and your family.

    bubba said:
    February 16, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    This is what happens when you speed.

    Al Dennis said:
    February 16, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    God be with the family. It does not matter what a person doing at the time of death. Someone still lost a love one.

      Tom said:
      February 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      I does matter because she is a police officer, a public official. She should set a good example, especially when no one is looking. Thats called integrity in everything you do. Seems very rare nowadays huh? How come its fair for her bust people for speeding when she herself is a speeder? Karma is indeed a bitch. RIP though.

    kirby1414 said:
    February 17, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Sad story but, if this wasn't a CPD employee – Would alcohol be mentioned???

    Cassandra said:
    February 17, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    My prayers go out to her family and I pray that Jesus receives her soul.

    Mary said:
    February 17, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Rest In Paradise

    Cindy Grosvenor said:
    February 17, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    RIP Officer Bond. God be with you and your family…

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