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Charges upgraded for South Side driver in fatal crash

CHICAGO — Charges were upgraded Thursday afternoon for an Englewood man who drove a van that fatally struck a 6-year-old girl and critically wounded her aunt Tuesday night on the South Side.

Eddie Lumpkin, 48, was driving a vehicle that struck a girl and her aunt at 7340 S. Ashland Ave. about 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Lumpkin, of the 7300 block of South Damen Avenue, was initially cited for DUI, not having insurance, failing to carry a driver’s license, failing to reduce speed, negligent driving and striking a pedestrian in the road, police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak said Wednesday.

As of 2:40 p.m. Thursday, Lumpkin was additionally charged with two felony counts of aggravated DUI and one count of reckless homicide, according to a release from News Affairs. He was also cited with transporting liquor in the vehicle.

Jada Washington, 6, of 1426 W. 73rd St., was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

An autopsy Wednesday found the girl died of cervical injuries from a minivan striking her and her death was ruled an accident, the medical examiner’s office said.

Jada’s 21-year-old aunt was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition, police said. Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said the woman suffered multiple fractures.

Langford said the van appeared to strike the two as they crossed the street. When emergency crews arrived, the driver and van were still on the scene in the middle of the block.

Lumpkin will appear for a bond hearing Friday.

The police Major Accident Investigation Unit are investigating.

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