Man sentenced to eight years for leaving the scene of May 2011 deadly hit-and-run
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Mario Neal, 31, pled guilty Sept. 28 to failure to report an accident involving death after leaving the scene and driving after suspension and was sentenced to eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
At approximately 9:56 p.m., May 2, 2011, officers were dispatched to a hit-and-run crash in the area of 800 N. Day Avenue. Once there, officers located a man who was identified as Christopher Hall lying on his back on the ground. Hall was not responsive and did not have a pulse. Hall was deceased, and an autopsy later determined he had died as the result of injuries he suffered from being hit by a car.
While canvassing the area, officers located a tan Pontiac SSEI parked in the 2900 block of School Street. The Pontiac had extensive damage. A missing passenger side mirror was located on scene at 800 N. Day. There was also sticky cola material splattered on the passenger side of the Pontiac and smashed can of Pepsi was located in one the pockets on Hall’s cargo shorts at autopsy. Paint chips consistent with the color of the Pontiac were also located on Hall’s body at autopsy. The Pontiac was registered to a Laquinc Neal, and police spoke with him. Laquinc Neal indicated his brother, Mario Neal, and his friend, Antonio, had had the Pontiac and hadn’t returned it to him. Mario Neal gave a statement to officers and admitted he had been driving the Pontiac and had hit Hall on North Day Avenue and that he had left the scene.
Mario Neal did not report the accident to the Rockford Police Department or any other police agency within 30 minutes of the accident, as required by law. He never reported the crash to police.
Mario Neal failed to stop, stay and remain at the scene of the accident. A check revealed Mario Neal had a suspended driver’s license.
Failure to report an accident involving death after leaving the scene is a class 1 felony with a penalty range of four to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and two years mandatory supervised release.
Driving after suspension is a class A misdemeanor with a penalty range of up to one year in the Winnebago County Jail.
Posted Oct. 2, 2012
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