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Man guilty of DUI crash that killed woman, injured her 6-year-old

A man who prosecutors claimed was driving in a drug-fueled haze was found guilty Friday of striking and killing a 48-year-old Rogers Park woman and severely injuring her son in 2009.

Ralph Eubanks of the 1400 block of North Sedgwick has been held without bond since being charged on Dec. 24, 2009, with murder, aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of an accident, according to prosecutors.

On Friday, he was found guilty for the Dec. 21, 2009, crash that killed Maria Worthon.

Just minutes after officers stopped him for driving without headlights, Eubanks slammed into Worthon with his green Pontiac Grand Prix, throwing her in the air and causing her to land 100 feet from the accident at 7044 N. Greenview, prosecutors said.

Her 6-year-old son, Jeremiah, lay in the street bleeding from his head and mouth as Eubanks, who never had a valid driver’s license, drove off, according to prosecutors.

Jeremiah was hospitalized with spinal injuries, swelling of the brain, brain contusions, skull fractures, a tibia fracture and facial fractures, prosecutors said.

Traces of ecstasy, cannabis and a cocaine metabolite were found in Eubanks’ system following his arrest, prosecutors said, though there was no alcohol in his blood.

Eubanks, a convicted felon, continued eluding police after the accident, police said at the time. When officers tried to stop him at 6402 N. Newgard, he put his car in reverse, striking several parked cars. He was finally caught when his car broke down and he tried to run.

He had three prior convictions for driving on a revoked or suspended license, and has also been convicted of unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

Eubanks’ next court date is June 3, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office.