Maywood Man Charged With Fatal West Side Hit-And-Run, Bond Set At $950K

Maurice McDowell
Maurice McDowell, 32 (Chicago Police Department photo / April 24, 2014).

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Originally Published: April 22, 2014 || Chicago Tribune Staff

A 32-year-old Maywood man was charged with killing a woman and fleeing the scene on the West Side this weekend.

The 64-year-old woman died after she was struck by a vehicle as she crossed the street in the 5500 block of West North Avenue, in the North Austin neighborhood, about 9:40 p.m. Sunday.

Jennie Davis, of the 5500 block of LeMoyne Street, was struck by a westbound vehicle, authorities said.

She was taken to Loyola University Medical Center but succumbed to her injuries, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Maurice L. McDowell, of the 1800 block of South 10th Avenue, was charged with three felonies, two misdemeanors and parole violation in connection with the incident.

He’s accused of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and fleeing the scene of the crash. He’s due in bond court Wednesday [April 30, 2014].

UPDATE

April 23, 2014 || Jordan Owen, Chicago Sun-Times 

A Maywood man was ordered held on $950,000 bond for a hit-and-run crash Sunday night that left a 66-year-old woman dead in the West Side Austin neighborhood.

Maurice McDowell, 32, has been charged with three felonies — one count each of aggravated DUI causing injury or death, leaving the scene of the accident causing injury or death and failure to report an accident. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol, and another for driving under the influence of drugs, police said.

McDowell was driving a rented Ford Focus westbound in the 5500 block of North Avenue about 9:45 p.m. when the car in front of him stopped, and he turned to go around the stopped car and saw pedestrians crossing in the street, prosecutors said.

McDowell waited as the boy passed, then went around him and struck 66-year-old Jennie Davis as she crossed the street, authorities said. Davis went over the hood, smashed into the windshield, and fell to the ground, prosecutors said.

McDowell did not stop and made a U-turn on North Avenue, heading to Laramie and North, where he abandoned the car, prosecutors said.

Maurice McDowell's Car
McDowell’s Car (ABC News via chi.streetsblog.org).

Davis, of the 5500 block of West Le Moyne Street, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where she died from her injuries, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

McDowell met up with a friend and admitted to hitting the woman, prosecutors said. He then called another friend he had been staying with, told the friend he had hit someone and asked for a ride.

The friend called police, who arrested McDowell at the arranged pickup place, a gas station near Chicago and Cicero streets. A DUI kit found McDowell’s blood alcohol content was .086, and he also tested positive for THC and cocaine.

The Focus was recovered from the 1500 block of North Laramie Avenue with hood damage, a radiating fracture on the windshield, a cracked front grill and a cracked front bumper, prosecutors said.

After his arrest, McDowell — a parolee who has previously been convicted of theft, forgery, public indecency and prostitution — admitted to police he struck the woman and left the scene.

McDowell, of the 1800 block of South 10th Avenue in Maywood, was ordered held on $950,000 bond in court Wednesday. VFP

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