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Chicago resident charged with drunk driving in deadly car vs. pedestrian accident near Illinois-Indiana state line

A Chicago man faces an arrest warrant on charges accusing him of killing a 78-year-old Indiana pedestrian in a drunk driving auto accident.

The 26-year-old faces charges of failure to stop after a pedestrian accident, reckless homicide and operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of more than .08 percent, according to the Chicago Tribune, which reported the charges were filed in Lake County, Indiana, in connection with the March drunk driving accident.

Authorities said the Chicago-area defendant had driven to Indiana to buy cigarettes when he caused the accident that killed Zyuajan Mitrovich.

CBS2 reported that the defendant was approaching the Indiana-Illinois line when his green pickup struck Mitrovich, who was apparently walking near the entrance to the Indiana Toll Road.

Witnesses said the defendant did not stop and was followed to a nearby Shell gas station after the accident, which occurred at about 5:30 a.m. on March 28.

A bystander at the gas station reported the defendant was wobbly on his feet. The truck was leaking fluid from the radiator and the alleged drunk driver walked around it several times before walking away after attempting to flag down several cars.

Police found him walking away from the station, where results of a blood-alcohol test were .11, over the legal driving limit of .08 in either state.

Crash records show he was traveling 63 mph in a 30 mph zone near the entrance to the toll road.

He originally faced charges in Cook County, but those charges were dismissed after it was determined Mitrovich was walking in Lake County, just over the state line, when he was hit and killed.

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