Suspect Held On $500K Bail In 6-Year-Old's Death
Jada Washington and Eddie Lumpkin (photos courtesy the Chicago Sun-Times).
Steve Greenberg, Lumpkin's attorney, defended his client's actions, saying that evidence will show his client was sober the night of the crash. "As soon as the accident happened, he stopped and tried to help the people who were running across the street through traffic, across the median when they shouldn't have been," Greenberg told reporters after the bond hearing.
Lumpkin was charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI. Prosecutors allege that he was speeding south in a Dodge Caravan on Ashland Avenue just north of 74th Street around 6:30 p.m., when he struck first-grader, Jada Washington, and her aunt, Tiuette Richardson, 21, who were both standing in the median. Washington died at the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital and Richardson remains hospitalized and is recovering from her injuries. [Chicago Sun-Times]