West Garfield Park accident: Mackelin Moore charged in accident that killed Rick Island

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A Calumet Heights man has been charged with reckless homicide for his role in a fatal crash in February in West Garfield Park.

The accident happened just before noon on February 5 in the 3800 block of West Lake StreetChicago police said.

Mackelin Moore, 45, had picked up two passengers in his 2009 Ford Focus earlier in the morning when he exited the parking lot of a liquor store on Madison Street and cut himself in front of an unmarked police SUV, according to Cook County State Attorney’s Office. When police activated his emergency equipment and attempted to arrest him, Moore, who had a pending warrant for aggravated impaired driving, allegedly fled.

Moore was driving about 75 mph on Hamlin Avenue when he blew through a red light on Lake Street, hitting a CTA pillar and then a Dodge Journey, prosecutors said. Her rear passenger, Rick Island, 77, died of chest and neck injuries.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled her death an accident. At the time of the accident, the medical examiner’s office said Island was 54 years old.

Moore’s front seat passenger, a woman who had previously purchased medicine from Moore, was hospitalized for two weeks with multiple fractures and a partially amputated ear, prosecutors said. Moore himself had to undergo surgery for a torn aorta, while the driver of the Dodge received treatment for a dislocated shoulder.

Moore was taken into custody on Wednesday and ordered his detention without bail, Cook County court records show. He is due to return to court on May 13.

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