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Waukegan man charged in fatal Aurora hit and run
By Justin Kmitch | Daily Herald Staff

Frederick Washington

 

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Published: 9/29/2009 11:01 AM

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A 24-year-old Waukegan man has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident Sunday night that killed a 45-year-old Aurora woman.

Police were alerted to Frederick Washington, of the 2200 block of Christian Avenue, about two hours after the accident when he made several calls to police to check on the status of Patty Kuntz, of the 200 block of Prairie Street.

Washington also was charged with obstructing justice and driving on a suspended license.

According to documents filed by the Kane County State's Attorney's office, Washington was driving a 1996 Mercury Marquis northbound on Lake Street, at 8:38 p.m., when he struck and killed Kuntz, who was crossing Lake Street from west to east while in the crosswalk. Police say Washington did not stop and continued on to Waukegan.

About two hours later, police said, Washington made several phone calls to the Aurora Police Department to check on Kuntz's condition. An officer eventually persuaded Washington to turn himself in and drove to Waukegan to pick him up. Police spokesman Dan Ferrelli said Washington did not appear to be impaired in any way when he was picked up, and police are not waiting for any toxicology results.

Washington was charged with obstructing because police say he told them he was rear-ended by another vehicle and was pushed into the pedestrian. He also allegedly used a hammer and crow bar to damage his vehicle in an attempt to document his story.

Washington is scheduled to appear at bond call later today at the Aurora Branch Court.