New York, NY (written by Yamiche Alcindor/USA Today) -- The mother of a man who was struck by a New York City Police Department car during a chase says cops want her to pay $710 to have the car repaired, the New York Daily News reports.
Tamon Robinson, 27, was killed in April around dawn after he tried to outrun officers who were chasing him through his Brooklyn housing project. He was fleeing after being caught stealing decorative stones from the grounds, police said.
Now his mom, Laverne Dobbinson, 45, says she's been ordered to pay the cost of repairing the police car that killed her son, the paper reports.
"We're still grieving, and this is like a slap in the face," Dobbinson said."They want my son to pay for damage to the vehicle that killed him. It's crazy."
A letter dated Sept. 27 and mailed to her son seeks $710 for "property damage to a vehicle owned by the New York Police Department," according to the New York Daily News. It also threatens to slap the family with a lawsuit if the claim isn't paid.
After being hit by the squad car, Robinson slipped into a coma and never regained consciousness, dying six days later of blunt impact head injuries.The city medical examiner ruled his death an accident.
At the time, Robinson worked at a muffin shop but also tried to make extra money hawking items, including paving stones to scrap dealers, his mother told the paper.
The police department's Internal Affairs Bureau is probing allegations from witnesses that Robinson was deliberately mowed down.
An NYPD spokesman did not return a call or e-mail from the paper seeking comment.