Blue Island man sentenced to 10 years for fatal DUI crash
May 14, 2013 11:09PM
Walter Thompson / photo from Chicago police.
Updated: June 16, 2013 6:41AM
A Blue Island man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for driving drunk and crashing into a beer delivery truck, killing a man, in February 2012 on Chicago’s South Side
Walter Thompson, 31, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated drunken driving in the death of a Chicago Beverage Systems employee who was making a delivery to a liquor store in the 1400 block of West 115th Street, according to Cook County prosecutors. By state law, Thompson must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.
Prosecutors said Charles Kimbrough, 45, and a co-worker parked a delivery truck near the curb and began unloading merchandise at the liquor store.
Thompson was speeding west on 115th Street in a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe when he crashed into the delivery truck and an adjacent Chicago Transit Authority bus, according to prosecutors.
They said the Santa Fe continued forward and struck Kimbrough, pinning him between the wreckage. Kimbrough, of Riverdale, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead.
Thompson, who tried to run from the scene, also was charged with driving on a revoked license and leaving the scene of an accident, according to police.