Chicago Driver Charged With Car Theft, Reckless Homicide, Firearms Possession After Aurora Fatal Crash

Chicago Driver Charged With Car Theft, Reckless Homicide, Firearms Possession After Aurora Fatal Crash

The Aurora Police Department has recovered numerous firearms and charged the driver of a stolen vehicle after he fled from police and caused a fatal Jan. 23 crash on the city’s east side.

According to an Aurora Police Department news release, officers responded to a call just before 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, saying multiple people with guns were in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1200 block of Coventry Place.

Kevon Bonner

When officers responded to the area, the crowd of people dispersed, and a white Dodge Charger took off from the apartment complex’s parking lot. Other officers
responding to the area spotted the white Dodge Charger driving at a high rate of speed on Indian Trail Road and observed it disobey the red light at Lake Street.

Officers activated their emergency lights/sirens and began to pursue the vehicle, but immediately terminated the pursuit.

Less than a minute later, other officers responding to the incident came upon a crash between the white Dodge Charger and a minivan at the intersection of North Ohio Street and East Indian Trail.

One person from the suspect vehicle was killed in the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics. A second person from the suspect vehicle was in critical condition and was transported to an Aurora hospital. Despite live-saving care by paramedics and hospital staff, he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Two occupants from the minivan had minor injuries and were transported to an Aurora hospital.

The driver of the suspect vehicle — now identified as Kevon Bonner, 19, of the 6400 block of South Yale Avenue in Chicago — fled from the crash on foot and Aurora Police’s K-9 Unit was requested to the scene to track the suspect. A few minutes later, APD’s K-9 found Bonner hiding in the yard of a home near the scene.

Bonner was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the hospital to be checked for possible injuries.

Officers found five .223 rifle cartridges in the driver’s jacket pocket. Officers also found a loaded Glock brand pistol magazine along the path that the driver ran.

During the investigation, detectives learned the vehicle was stolen out of Lansing, IL, in late December 2020.

Among the wreckage, responding officers located a rifle with a loaded drum magazine, a Glock pistol with a round chambered with an empty extended magazine, and a Glock pistol with a round chambered with no magazine.

Detectives presented the facts and evidence of the case to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office and the following charges were authorized against Bonner:

  • One count of Receive, Possess or Sell Stolen Motor Vehicle, a Class 2 felony.
  • One count of Reckless Homicide – Motor Vehicle, a Class 3 felony.
  • One count of Possess Firearm – FOID Expired/Not Eligible, a Class 3 felony.
  • One count of Leaving the Scene of Accident Result in Personal Injury of Death, a Class 4 felony.
  • Three counts of Aggravated UUW/Vehicle/Firearm Loaded/No FOID, a Class 4 felony
  • One count of Possession of Firearm Ammunition without Valid FOID Card, a Class A misdemeanor.

Bonner is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

SOURCE: Aurora Police Department news release

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