A 16-year-old boy either on foot or skateboarding was killed in a hit-and-run crash in north Minneapolis caused by a man who was driving after having his license revoked by the state many years ago, authorities said Wednesday.
The crash about 8:35 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of N. 51st and Fremont avenues claimed the life of Dychaun L. Chew, of Minneapolis, police and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said.
Police and fire personnel arrived and began tending to Chew in the road before paramedics took over and transported him to North Memorial Health Hospital, where he died later that night, according to police.
The driver, Bobby Frank Brookins, 34, of Minneapolis, remains jailed without bail ahead of possible criminal vehicular homicide charges this week.
Brookins had his license revoked in 2007 and its status has not changed since, according to the state Department of Public Safety.
His driving and criminal history in Minnesota includes two convictions for drunken driving, four for driving with either a suspended license or after it was revoked, two for having no auto insurance, two for disorderly conduct and two for assault.
According to police:
The vehicle was heading north on Fremont and struck Chew as he either walked or skateboarded on 51st.
Brookins continued north, struck several parked cars and left the road while trying to turn onto N. 52nd Avenue. The vehicle came to rest in a yard, where the driver was arrested.
"It appears that drugs or alcohol may be a contributing factor in this crash," read a statement from police.
Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482