OAK PARK, Ill. (STMW) — A man has been charged with reckless homicide and DUI for fatally striking a pedestrian, then trying to drive away early Saturday in west suburban Oak Park.
Michael D. Campbell, 21, of the 500 block of Morris Avenue in Bellwood, was charged Monday with aggravated DUI, aggravated DUI BAC over .08, reckless homicide, and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, according to Oak Park police. He also received several traffic citations.
Christopher Swordy, 22, was crossing Harlem Avenue at Jackson Boulevard with two other people at 3:10 a.m. Saturday when a vehicle traveling north on Harlem struck him, Oak Park police said.
Police stopped the vehicle about a block away as the driver turned east at Madison Street, Oak Park police said. Campbell blood alcohol content was measured at .172.
Swordy, of the 800 block of South Clinton Avenue in Oak Park, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:23 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
An autopsy Sunday determined Swordy died of blunt force trauma from being struck by a vehicle, and ruled his death an accident, according to the medical examiner’s office.
No one else was injured, Oak Park spokesman David Powers said.
Campbell is being held in the Cook County Jail pending a bond hearing, Oak Park police said.
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