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Jurors convict man responsible for woman's death during police chase

Victim was in car which crashed during chase
Posted at 5:22 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 18:26:25-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Jurors have convicted a man responsible for the death of a woman who was in a car that crashed during an Indianapolis police chase.

It happened in August of last year. Police say there was an arrest warrant for 41-year-old Matthew Goode when he fled an attempted traffic stop – leading police on a miles-long chase and ultimately crashing into a tree, killing his passenger.

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Thursday, jurors convicted Goode of Resisting Law Enforcement Causing Death in the death of 27-year-old Tracy Sears, who was the passenger. Goode will be sentenced next month.

Goode was wanted for failure to appear in Brown County on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Syringe, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Synthetic Drug. A warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to appear for a court date.

Police say Goode was driving a white Sebring northbound on State Avenue near Nelson Avenue on the Indianapolis south side when an officer ran the plates and discovered it had been reported stolen July 23.

According to information from police and the Marion County Prosecutor, when the officer activated his light bar and attempted to stop the vehicle, Goode accelerated to approximately 60 miles per-hour and fled – leading police on a chase for about four miles until they reached Concordia Cemetery, at the intersection of Meridian and Gimber streets.

There, investigators say Goode suddenly swerved into a pursuing officer’s vehicle, causing the Sebring to travel through the cemetery fence and crash into a tree.

Tracy Sears was dead at the scene. Goode suffered serious injuries, but recovered.