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.