Prosecutors have charged a West Ridge man with striking a woman with his car in Lakeview and leaving the scene Friday evening. Aamir Mohammed, 30, turned himself in to police Saturday night after video of the incident was shared online.
Mohammed is charged with two counts of felony aggravated battery, felony failure to report an accident, misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident, and misdemeanor driving without ever receiving a driver’s license, according to a CPD media release.
Police said Saturday that the driver of the vehicle was working as a food delivery driver at the time of the incident. Grubhub said in a statement that the driver was working for their service and had passed all background checks before being added to their platform. He has since been removed.
Employees of Ms. T’s Southern Fried Chicken called police around 6:10 p.m. May 15 after a food delivery driver kicked the restaurant’s door when they asked him to practice social distancing while waiting for an order.
Bijan Early, 24, and another restaurant worker reportedly followed the man to his car to get photos of his license plate and to keep him from leaving. Video shows Early standing near the front driver’s side of the man’s car for more than 40 seconds.
“We’re just trying to be essential workers,” Early is heard saying on the video just moments before she is struck. “This is totally ridiculous.”
Then, the car begins moving, pushing Early out of view as it moves into the northbound lane of Broadway. Police on Monday said Early suffered injuries to her head, pelvis, arm, and both shoulders.
Mohammed is due in bond court Tuesday.