Court records: Man accused of killing 1-year-old girl in hit-and-run was on parole for deadly DUI crash

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CHICAGO — A man was charged Thursday for a deadly hit-and-run that killed a 1-year-old girl near the Medical District and court records show he was on parole for another deadly crash at the time.

Damien Davis was charged with felony reckless homicide, driving on a revoked license, speeding and was issued three citations after he was identified as the driver in a hit-and-run on May 27.

A 1-year-old girl named Ja’Myah Harris died as a result of the hit-and-run.

Police said around 1:30 a.m. that day, a black Chrysler rear ended a black Toyota vehicle on the 300 block of South Western Avenue. The Toyota had two women, ages 23 an 18, and the 1-year-old girl inside.

The driver of the Chrysler, who police say was Davis, kept driving — hitting multiple other cars before he got out and fled on foot.

Ja’Myah was taken to Stroger Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The two women refused medical treatment.

In court Thursday, prosecutors said Davis was allegedly driving at speeds over 90 miles per hour.

According to court records, He was on parole for a deadly DUI which took place in 2012. He was charged with an aggravated DUI resulting in death, which killed a passenger.

Family spoke Thursday and could not hold back tears as they discussed how much they will miss the little girl. They said they hope Davis never gets out of prison.

“‘Cause one day you’re going to meet that fate and it’s not going to be good for you. You still doing the same ole thing man,” grandfather Dion Hardy said. “You too old for that. So with that being said, right now you just got to deal with God.”

Davis’ bond was set $500,000.

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