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Woman ran over and killed man outside Illinois store, cops say

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An Illinois woman is charged with intentionally running over and killing a man outside a grocery store.

A man died on Monday March 21 after being intentionally knocked down outside a grocery store, according to Illinois police.

His death led charges against D’Kiva Jones, 27who knew the 39-year-old victim before an argument between the two turned violent, the Joliet Police Department said.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. on March 21 outside the Supermercado Las Palmas, where Jones and Derek Walsh were arguing in the store’s parking lot. The dispute centered on Jones allegedly hitting Walsh’s parked motorcycle, police said.

“As Walsh approached the vehicle on foot, Jones suddenly accelerated forward and transformed into Walsh,” police said in a news release. “Walsh was struck by the vehicle, which then fled without providing any help or assistance.”

Officers were dispatched for a report of a person in the parking lot, and they found Walsh “suffering from traumatic injuries.” He was taken to hospital, where he died, according to police.

Jones was found later that night, and after questioning, officers determined she had intentionally run over Walsh. She was charged with three counts of first degree murder, failure to report an accident resulting in bodily injury or death, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of failing to arrest after having a accident resulting in bodily injury or death.

She was taken into custody on Wednesday, March 23, and her bail was set at $2 million, according to police.

“I want to send my thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Derek Walsh, the victim of such heinous and unnecessary violence,” Joliet Police Chief William Evans said in a statement.

Joliet is about 45 miles southwest of Chicago.

Mike Stunson covers real-time news for McClatchy. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2011 and previously worked at the Paducah Sun and the Madisonville Messenger as a sportscaster and the Lexington Herald-Leader as a breaking news reporter.
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