Driver accused of plowing over 3 people while driving drunk — and while on probation for killing a woman with his car — goes home on a recognizance bond

Rayon Allen | CPD

The Lakeview man who allegedly ran over three people with his SUV this weekend while on probation for killing a 93-year-old woman with the same vehicle in 2018 was released from police custody on a recognizance band and told to show up in court in October.

Rayon Allen was charged with three counts of leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound, which are all misdemeanors, in connection with Sunday’s crash, a CPD spokesperson said. He was also cited for failure to reduce speed and failure to stay in his lane.

Allen left the police station on his own recognizance even though allegedly running over three people would seem to violate the probation he received on a reckless homicide charge for killing 93-year-old Lorraine Campione in Edgewater with the same BMW X5.

According to court records, Allen’s probation terms, which he agreed due in March, prohibit him from violating any criminal statute.

Around 12:49 a.m. Sunday, a man and woman, both 39, were crossing the street at Irving Park and Broadway when they were struck by a BMW driven by Allen, according to CPD crash reports obtained by CWBChicago. Allen then crashed into a gas station fence while making a U-turn, returned to the scene of the first collision, and struck a 55-year-old bicyclist who was trying to help the first two victims, according to the reports and a CPD statement.

Moments later, police arrested Allen after he allegedly crashed into yet another fence at Gil Park, 801 West Sheridan. Allen lives on the 3800 block of North Broadway, according to a CPD spokesperson.

Police said the 39-year-old woman and the 55-year-old man were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition with head trauma. The 39-year-old man was taken to St. Francis Hospital with leg pain while the driver was treated for bruises to his face at Masonic, police said.

Edgewater death

Police said Lorraine Campione was walking in the 5500 block of North Sheridan Road around 11:20 a.m. on September 24, 2018, when two drivers yielded to allow her to cross a driveway. But Allen made an improper left turn in his SUV, overtook a vehicle on the left, and hit Campione.

Police said Allen continued to drive forward after striking her, which caused Campione’s body to become wedged under the front driver’s side tire. According to witnesses, Allen got out of his SUV and tried to remove Campione by pulling on her leg. When that failed, he allegedly tried to take other motorists’ cars. That also failed.

The BMW involved in Sunday’s crash is the same BMW that killed Campione, according to vehicle identification numbers shown in CPD reports from the two cases.

Judge James Obbish sentenced Allen to 30-months probation earlier this year and ordered him to participate in a “victim impact panel.” Obbish also ordered Allen to submit to random drug tests, provide a DNA sample for indexing, get permission from authorities before leaving the state, and — notably — not break any more laws.

Allen, who was most recently before his probation judge June 14, is due in court on the new charges on October 14, according to court records.

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