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Cops: Matteson woman intentionally hit Park Forest woman with car

Updated: June 2, 2013 6:19AM



A 20-year-old Matteson woman was charged with aggravated battery after police say she purposely hit another woman with her car during an argument Thursday in the 400 block of Rutledge Street.

Bail was set Sunday at $750,000 for Alexius Keys, 3330 Savanna Lane, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. Her next court date is May 17 in Markham.

The victim, a 19-year-old Park Forest woman, and a friend from Richton Park were driving though Park Forest when they noticed Keys following them in her friend’s car, police said.

When the two reached the victim’s home on Rutledge Street, Keys pulled into the driveway behind the car of the victim, who exited the vehicle and began yelling at Keys, police said. Keys allegedly responded by pulling the vehicle forward and hitting the parked car on the back bumper.

The victim walked onto her front lawn and continued to yell at Keys, police said. Witnesses told police Keys then reversed the car down the driveway, put it back into drive, and purposely drove onto the front lawn, striking the victim before driving away.

When police arrived, they found tire tracks on the front lawn and the Park Forest teenager crumpled on the ground in “obvious distress” where the tracks ended, police said.

Witnesses identified Keys to police, who tracked Keys to her friend’s home in Matteson. Matteson police arrested Keys while she walked near her friend’s home on Holden Circle.

The victim was taken to St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights with unspecified injuries. A hospital spokesman on Tuesday had no record of her being a patient but could not confirm whether she had been released.

Contributing: Susan DeMar Lafferty



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