Charges: Driver was going 55 mph, blew stop sign in crash that killed 16-year-old

High school sophomore Dychaun Lavonte Chew died after being hit.
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Dychaun Lavonte Chew

Dychaun Lavonte Chew

The driver who struck and killed 16-year-old Dychaun Lavonte Chew had been going 55 mph, blew a stop sign and was under the influence at the time of the crash.

That's according to criminal charges filed in Hennepin County against 34-year-old Bobby Brookins of Minneapolis, whom prosecutors allege was behind the wheel during the fatal collision June 15. Brookins is charged with two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide - one for negligently operating a vehicle, the other for operating a motor vehicle with a BAC above 0.08.

Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Brookins, according to the charges, was identified by witnesses as the driver of the vehicle that struck Chew. Surveillance cameras also capture him in the car, and according to the criminal complaint, he admitted his involvement to investigators.

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Chew, a sophomore at Minneapolis South High School, was going through the intersection on his skateboard when he was hit. Officers arrived on the scene to find several people attempting CPR on Chew, who was lying in the intersection.

He was taken to North Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Here's a look at what the charges against Brookins say happened:

Investigators spoke to witnesses and viewed footage from several residential home security cameras. They say Brookins was in his vehicle - a silver Chevy Traverse - as it traveled northbound on Fremont Avenue North at a high rate of speed. He failed to stop at a stop sign at 51st Avenue North, where Chew was crossing on his skateboard.

Brookins hit Chew, then drove on, crashing into several parked cars before ultimately coming to a stop in a home's front yard a black away. Brookins got out and ran, but then returned to grab some personal items before leaving the car again.

Brookins went back to where he'd hit Chew and told people there he'd hit the teen.

Police officers arrested Brookins at the scene, describing him as "visibly intoxicated," and noting he smelled of alcohol. A preliminary breath test returned a BAC of 0.16. Brookins also told officers he was driving the car and hit Chew. Investigators obtained a search warrant for a blood sample, results of which are pending.

Brookins' car suffered heavy damage, with a lost wheel and hole in the windshield. 

Investigators obtained the vehicle's black box readings. It shoed the car was traveling 55 mph when the airbags deployed, and that the car was accelerating at the time of the crash. The brakes were not applied.

Brookins had been convicted in 2019 of gross misdemeanor DWI.

Brookins posted bond and is out on supervised release with a number of conditions, including a prohibition on driving motor vehicles, no drinking or drug use and no leaving the state. An omnibus hearing is scheduled for July 16.

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