CHICAGO — Chicago’s top cop on Tuesday announced that a man has been charged with murder after three men were killed in a hit-and-run outside a popular South Side bar.
Tavis Dunbar, 34, turned himself in on Monday and was charged with three counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted first degree murder.
Police said the crash happened around 5 a.m. on Aug. 14 on the 7000 block of South Jeffery Boulevard.
Witnesses told police there was a fight outside of the Jeffery Pub, a popular LGBTQ bar, when a sedan plowed through the group. Police do not believe Dunbar was involved in that fight.
According to court documents, a witness told police Dunbar told the four men outside the bar, “I got something for you, you mother*******.”
The witness then reported to police they saw Dunbar walk northbound on Jeffrey, which was in the direction of his vehicle, according to documents.
Video obtained by CWB Chicago shows the silver sedan traveling south on Jeffrey and not slow down as they hit four men. Three of the men died as a result of a hit-and-run and a fourth was injured.
Those who died were identified as Devonta Vivetter, 27, of Chicago, Donald Huey, 25, and Jaylen Ausley, 23.
“It appears to be intentional based upon what everyone has seen,” CPD Chief of Detectives Brenden Deenihan said at the time.
According to documents, a search warrant was executed on the black box of Dunbar’s vehicle. Prosecutors said information revealed that 2.5 seconds before impact, the vehicle was traveling at 47 miles per hour. The vehicle accelerated to 59 mph .5 seconds before impact and Dunbar depressed the accelerator to 99 percent, documents allege.
Additionally, prosecutors allege that Dunbar never touched the brakes and “essentially slammed on the gas pedal as he drove directly into 4 human beings, brutally killing three of them.”
Dunbar turned himself into police on Monday and CPD said he “significantly” changed his appearance.