Suspect ran over victim with his car after altercation

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A South Austin man was ordered held on $750,000 bail Sunday after prosecutors say he struck and killed a man with his vehicle Saturday.

Darrell Cooper, 41, of the first block of North Lorel Avenue, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Artez McBride, according to Cook County court records.

McBride was pronounced dead at 2:23 a.m. Saturday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, from multiple injuries caused by being struck by the vehicle, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Cooper got into an argument with McBride before Cooper struck McBride with his car and initially attempted to attack McBride, of the first block of North Long Avenue, with “a large wooden stick,” according to court records.

McBride fled the scene, but a short time later, Cooper caught back up with McBride, who was with witnesses, according to court records and Assistant State’s Attorney Glen Runk.

Cooper struck the victim with his car near the intersection of North Central Avenue and West Madison Street, according to court records. McBride was dragged a short distance and Cooper then fled in his 2010 Chevrolet Malibu, according to court records and Runk.

McBride’s mother, Tiffany McBride, told WGN-TV on Saturday that neighborhood residents told her about the confrontation and McBride’s later being run over by the same man.

“They ran him down in the middle of the street and left him there to die,” Tiffany McBride told WGN.

Cooper initially brought his car to his mother’s residence after the incident, Runk said. He turned himself in to police around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, according to court records.

Cooper made statements admitting his involvement in the incident, according to Runk.

McBride, who attended Clemente High School and was known as “Spud” to his family, has worked in past summers for the Chicago Park District, according to public records. He had expected to work for the Park District again this summer, and has been involved in After-School Matters for the last five years, his family told WGN-TV.

McBride’s stepfather told WGN-TV that he had steered clear of street life and did not have enemies in the neighborhood.

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  • kharris

    Nobody listen anymore thou shalt not kill read the word of God and you will see it but I can tell you this every knee shalt bow and every tongue shalt confess to your sins you young people may not think it's true you will see black people are so smart but they let the devil fool them the devil don't give a dam about no one it shows look what's going on all over the world so sad God help us we are going to need you everywhere we go.

  • N.b

    My sympathy for the loss of Artez. Certainly we can all look forward to the time promised at psalms 37:9,10 & john 5:28,29. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • How many more sensless killings

    Shootings, assualts, home invasions, robberies, murders and rapes.
    There is a sense of no morals left on the streets. What used to be a “street code of gangS and drug dealers against each other is no more. Everything is up for grabs, we are living in the next Wild West.
    There are very little jobs, high taxes and high cost of living expenses for all, not just black. All people of of all color are in grave danger. You just hve to look at the girl who was shot in Logan Square last night & the home invasions, violent assaualts and rapes in every neighborhood. It is not a race thing, it is everywhere. But “crime is going down” the Mayor and Police chief say.
    Somehow I think the have their heads burried in the dirt and are not in touch with their communiteis.

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