Driver charged with August hit-and-run that left cancer survivor dead in Lakeview

A Chicago man has been charged with multiple felonies in connection with an August hit-and-run that left a woman dead and her friend injured in Lakeview on August 14.

On Monday, Brett Dimick, 30, turned himself in at the Area Three CPD headquarters.

Dimick was driving his BMW SUV when it struck and killed 27-year-old breast cancer survivor Sophie Allen near the intersection of Fremont and Addison around 12:35 p.m. on August 14, according to the allegations. A 24-year-old woman who was walking with Allen survived.

Brett Dimick and a photo of the crash scene | CPD; Mark Weyermuller

Two men ran from the crashed car, and Chicago police launched a detailed investigation to determine who was behind the wheel. Prosecutors will likely reveal more information about what happened on the day of the crash and in the months since during Dimick’s bond court hearing Tuesday.

He is charged with felony charges of reckless homicide, failure to report an accident involving death, and failure to report an accident involving injury.

Several Facebook groups quickly called for Dimick’s arrest within days of the crash as people chimed in with many allegations — some true, some not — about Dimick’s past.

Dimick was part-owner of a struggling Lincoln Park bar that was hosting a Mario Kart “Drunk Driving” promotion at the time of the crash, according to online records.

CWBChicago will post a full report about the case after Dimick appears in court on December 14.

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