30 months probation for driver who struck and killed 93-year-old Edgewater woman

A driver who struck and killed a 93-year-old woman in Edgewater has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide with a motor vehicle in exchange for a sentence of 30-months probation, court records show. Judge James Obbish also ordered Rayon Allen to participate in a victim impact panel, submit to random drug tests, provide a DNA sample for indexing, and get permission from authorities before leaving the state.

Allen was a 29-year-old college student and an off-duty rideshare driver when he allegedly ran over Lorraine Campione as she crossed a residential driveway in the 5500 block of North Sheridan around 11:20 a.m. on September 24, 2018.

Rayon Allen (inset) and a Google street view of the collision site. | CPD; Google

Police said two other drivers yielded to allow Campione to cross the drive, but Allen made an improper left turn, overtook a vehicle on the left, and struck her as she walked, police said. The collision was recorded by surveillance cameras at the Edgewater Beach Apartments, according to court records.

After striking Campione, Allen continued to drive forward, which caused her body to become wedged under his front left tire, police said. Allen got out of his SUV and tried to remove Campione by pulling on her leg, according to witnesses. When that failed, he allegedly tried to take other motorists’ cars.

Campione was pronounced dead at St. Francis Hospital about nine hours after the accident, according to Cook County Medical Examiner records.

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