Honor Student Was Drunk, Stoned At Time Of Fatal Wreck

UPDATED 07/07/11 2:05 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County prosecutors said Monday that a 16-year-old honor student was drunk on vodka and high on ecstasy and marijuana when he stole an SUV, fled from a traffic stop and then crashed into the car of a 911 dispatcher, killing her on Sunday.

Marquis Harrison was charged as an adult with one count of first-degree murder, one felony count of burglary, a misdemeanor of driving under the influence, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. Bond was set at $1 million Monday afternoon at a hearing at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse.

Killed in the crash was Marciea Adkins, 42, a 911 dispatcher at the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

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A 911 dispatcher for the city of Chicago was killed when her car was struck by an SUV in the Bucktown neighborhood as she was driving home from work on July 10, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Prosecutors said Harrison had vodka, ecstasy and marijuana in his system at the time of the crash. His blood alcohol level was measured at .186, more than twice the legal limit.

Harrison is a sophomore at Urban Prep Academy in East Garfield Park, where he is an honor roll student and a member of the football and basketball teams, according to his public defender. He is due back in court on Aug. 1.

He was also ticketed for disobeying a red traffic light and for failing to stop at a stop sign, police said.

Prosecutors said he stole a Range Rover on Michigan Avenue on Sunday, after the 45-year-old owner of the SUV left the vehicle running while he fed a parking meter box.

Minutes later, Harrison was pulled over at Elston Avenue and Blackhawk Street after running a red light a mile north at Webster Avenue, police said.

As the officers were exiting their vehicle, Harrison allegedly backed up toward the officers and then struck the vehicle of a police supervisor who was on the scene.

The Range Rover fled the scene and officers gave chase. The SUV ran a stop sign while driving north on Hoyne Avenue, then struck Adkins’ car at the intersection of Hoyne and Armitage avenues. The SUV then hit a parked car and Harrison fled the scene on foot, but was arrested a short time later.

Adkins was driving home from a night shift at OEMC at the time. The Range Rover hit the driver’s side of her sedan, causing severe damage.

Even the weighty Range Rover that slammed into Adkins’ car was also reduced to pieces.

Adkins worked as a 911 dispatcher for the city of Chicago since December 1996. She was returning home from the overnight shift at the Office of Emergency Management and Communications when the Range Rover slammed into her car.

Chicago police officers were standing guard outside her grieving family’s home late Sunday afternoon. In a statement OEMC Executive Director Gary Schenkel said that, “according to her coworkers and supervisors, she was the nicest, most positive person you would ever want to meet.”

  • tom Sharp

    Single digits for jail time and probably less than 5. If, however, he stole a gun in lieu of a car and carelessly killed someone, he’d be doing double digits. Ah American Justice!

  • Stacey

    I agree! 18 months is all the justice my bro gets for the loss of his life!…………MY HEART GOES OUT TO THIS POOR WOMAN and her FAMILY!

  • Patrick Carnes

    they’ll slap him on the wrist and when he is 18 or 19 he’ll kill someone else and then the taxpayers will have tp pay for his accomodations

  • Voter X

    6 months and a scholarship in this state.

  • froz broz

    1 1/2 years for good behavior and a paid job placement assistance program.

  • FR

    How about at least a ticket for the Range Rover owner who left the keys in while he paid for parking? Also, this shows how the extra size and weight of SUVs makes them more dangerous, therefore the license plates for them should be more expensive to help pay for the “social cost” of SUVs in general.

    • jesse jr.


    • Charlie Arroyo

      stop shopping for cars that fit into your pocket to put your family in. The size of a small SUV is still smaller than my 70′ Olds 98. Get hit by one and you will quit driving KIAs, Hyndia, or Subaru, You want safety shop for it. It’s not size, its the way WE ride in our cars as if we are in our own living room and NOBODY can or will hurt us. Thinking like that is the MAIN REASON people die in car crashes

    • BugsBunny

      What a Maroon!

    • edthepatriot

      that’s right. its important to blame the innocent buggy owner.

  • jack

    the update says ‘honor student’ – yeah – STONED, HIGH HONORS – anyone out there admit to being this punk kid’s parents…..

  • NWA

    Here we go again, the system going after the innocent black man.


  • Ryan Dunn

    If his name was Ryan Dunn people would be calling him a great hero. All drunk drivers are morons. Ryan Dunn rot in h.

    • Rowdy

      Frankly I think that’s aboltsuely good stuff.

  • blessedbeyondmeasure

    ppl shouldnt be racist…thats a sign of immaturity. ppl of all races do stupid stuff and commit crimes so please lets keep race out of this. i do agree this situation is unfortunate but ppl of all races commit crimes.

  • righttrack

    This story just shows you how quick a young person’s life can change. He was an honor roll student and athlete with a real chance at a real future, especiallly for a young black man in Chicagoland.

    Now he has completely ruined that opportunity, all because of some very poor decisions at a party, where he overindulged in everything he could get his hands on. He then took it to another level by stealing the SUV, then to another level when he started running from the law. In the end, an innocent person on their way home from work was killed, all because of the poor choices that this young man took during the course of one evening.

    • Donna

      Thank you! Honor student, my ass!

    • Donna

      Honor student in his neighborhood means all c’s.

    • Lisa

      Street thug is that what we are calling everyone who has an DUI? Lets not forget Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, George Bush Daughters must I continue ooh I almost forgot I have a couple more names to add to that Helll I can go all night. Heather Locklear, Lori Petty, Rick SpringField, Mel Gibson STREET THUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lisa

    Ok, Donna If his neighborhood was the Gold Coast, or his father name was George Bush would that mean all A’…..How easy we forget, or are we so racist that all we see is color…..Paris Hilton,Lindsay Lohan, the Bush Daughter straight crack head oh, but, they have money and live in the best neightborhoods so what’s their problem Straight A’s MY ASS

    • Donna

      Lisa, I’m so sick of every first five minutes of the news dedicated to hoods & punks (who coincidentally happen to be black) who have robbed, killed or damaged another innocent person’s life. Calling me racist is too easy. What a coincidence that the flash mobs, Boys’ Town attack & South Shore robberies (to name a few) have all been commited by black youth. Americans keep trying to lower the bar to include these half wits, but alas they choose the “fast” money and then we end up paying for their prison stays. “We’ll leave the light on for you!”


    Lisa,Besides the DUI.he was also charged with the mere crime of auto theft.Lets not forget his previous convictions of auto theft in Kane County.Alll of the people you mentioned may or may not have been charged with DUI,but I dont believe they went out,stole a car and killed a completely innocent person.The verdict stands .He’s a street thug.

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  • daniel f

    all of u people are wrong marquis wasnt like this i know because i actually went 2 school with him no one really knows what was goin on in his head but all i know is that was a good kid but he just had bad judgment

  • John Gotti

    Nun of you guys knew Marquis so stop commenting. He was one of my friends and if he were white this would have blow over. Yes he made a bad descion but haven’t we all, just took it to another level.

  • Elida

    This forum neeedd shaking up and you’ve just done that. Great post!

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