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Teen charged in car crash that killed Robbins man in February 2023

A teenager has been charged a year after a fatal car crash in Robbins in February 2023, when police said three teenage boys stole a Kia and crashed into a vehicle, killing 70-year-old Donald Carter, according to the Cook County commonwealth’s attorney. Carter’s family.

Authorities said the boy, who was 14 years old at the time of the accident, was charged with negligent homicide, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, failure to report the accident and trespassing.

He appeared in juvenile court on February 22 and was ordered to be detained. The next hearing date is March 25.

“I hope he gets the chance to reform and become a better person,” said Carter’s son, Desmond Carter.

A Cook County state’s attorney spokesman said the office was not contacted by Robbins police about additional charges. Robbins police Chief Carl Scott did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Carter said he asked the Cook County state’s attorney’s office about charges against the other two teens involved in the crash. He said he was told the teen facing charges would have to include the other two.

A Robbins officer reported that on February 12, 2023, at approximately 2:30 p.m., he saw a Kia with a broken driver’s side window traveling north on Kedzie Boulevard and followed it.

The Kia crashed into the Ford Taurus driven by Carter; Carter was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died from his injuries.

Three teenage boys in the Kia were arrested at the scene, but police said they were returned to their parents two days after the crash. Police said they had to release the teens because under Illinois law they can only be held for 24 hours.

Initially, Robbins officials said three 13-year-old boys were involved in the crash. However, village officials Daily Southtown in May The ages were actually 17, 15 and 14.

Mayor Darren Bryant fired Sheppard In April, a spokesperson said in a statement that Bryant “wants to achieve some broader goals and believes a change in the department’s leadership is needed to achieve those initiatives.”

Sheppard said he believed a factor in his termination was that Carter questioned the instructions he received from Bryant regarding the use of his vehicle. Sheppard said the vehicle was taken to a large building where public works vehicles and road salt were stored to keep it sealed because state police had not yet processed it as evidence in the crash investigation.

He said he was contacted by the mayor and told him the car had to be moved because it was blocking public works vehicles. Sheppard said he contacted the public works director, who said that was not the case.

In a text message on Thursday, Bryant said it was time to file a lawsuit in the case and said he continued to pray for those affected by the car crash.

Bryant said he hopes others involved in the car crash also face justice.

“But these charges are the first steps towards justice and a solution to the juvenile justice system that needs to be revamped,” Bryant said.

Carter said he breathed a sigh of relief that the accident wasn’t swept under the rug when his family was informed of the charges.

“I did not expect that. My siblings and I thought a year had passed and there was no news. We were pretty happy,” Carter said.

akukulka@chicagotribune.com

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