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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Police charge man with DUI deaths walker

Authorities have charged a 38-year-old man with the deaths of two walkers early Thursday morning as they crossed 95th Street near Cottage Grove Avenue.
Davon Hall, 38, is scheduled to appear in bond court Saturday on two counts of aggravated driving under the influence and causing an accident and death, and misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Bernard Donald, 58, and Loretta Press, 35, both died from injuries suffered when they were hit by the car, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. 

Hall was also cited for driving on a suspended license, failure to reduce speed, and for not exercising “due care” to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
Hall was arrested at his home on the 9400 block of South Champlain Street about 15 minutes after the crash, according to police. 

Immediately after the 2:45 a.m. wreck, police were given a “flash message” to be on the lookout for a car that was missing its grill when it sped westbound on 95th Street after hitting the pedestrians, police said.
Police in a marked squad car spotted the Altima and noticed its front end appeared to be “smoking,’’ so officers followed it to what turned out to be the driver's home on the 9400 block of South Champlain Avenue, police said.
The car had “Vast” front-end damage to its windshield and hood. A piece of clothing was still stuck in the windshield, according to police, who said it appeared to be a hood from one of the victims’ jackets.
The travels in a privately owned automobile emerged from a garage with his hands up and told officers: “I made a mistake; I fled the scene. They jumped out right in front of my car,’’ according to an arrest report.

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