Reckless homicide, DUI charges filed in East Garfield Park hit-and-run

Elijah Brown, of the West Town neighborhood, allegedly struck a man walking in the bike lane.

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Five people were hospitalized after a two vehicle crash in Portage Park Jan. 4, 2020.

He is charged with allegedly striking a man walking in the bike lane on Aug. 27, 2019.

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A man faces DUI and reckless homicide charges in a fatal hit-and-run crash from Tuesday in East Garfield Park.

Elijah Brown, 32, of the West Town neighborhood, allegedly struck a man walking in the bike lane about 12:40 p.m. in the 3900 block of West Lake Street, Chicago police said.

Brown’s vehicle then allegedly hit a parked vehicle, knocking it into a beam supporting the Green Line, police and the Chicago Transit Authority said. Brown allegedly drove away from the crash.

The victim, 59-year-old Davis Lee of the Lawndale neighborhood, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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Elijah Brown arrest photo

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Brown was arrested less than an hour later at 1:20 p.m. in the same block where he lives, police said.

He is charged with a felony count of reckless homicide, a felony count of aggravated DUI, a felony count of leaving the scene of a crash and two misdemeanor counts of DUI, police said.

Judge Charles S. Beach II set Brown’s bail at $300,000 during a hearing Friday, according to Cook County court records. His next court date was set for Sept. 6.

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