A 34-year-old Chicago woman has been charged with intentionally hitting two teens in Carpentersville with her Lincoln Navigator in March, injuring both boys, one of whom suffered a lacerated spleen, according to police and court records.
An arrest warrant was issued earlier this month for Angelique D. Branch, of the 9400 block of South Champlain Avenue.
She is charged with several felonies, including failure to report an accident with injuries and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
The most serious of the charges carries up to seven years in prison if convicted.
Carpenterville Police Cmdr. Timothy Bosshart said Branch is accused of hitting the boys, ages 15 and 16, at about 3:40 p.m. March 11 in the 0-99 block of Oxford Drive in the Foxview apartment complex.
“Apparently, there was some type of prior altercation between them and (Branch’s) nephew. It was kind of an ongoing thing,” Bosshart said. “She sees the two subjects walking down the street and plowed into them.”
Bosshart said both teens were taken to the hospital and Branch left the scene. About five hours later, police found a vehicle matching the white Navigator’s description with front-end damage.
Police questioned Branch, but released her while they continued the investigation and interviewed more witnesses, Bosshart said.
“It had damage to the front end that was consistent (with the crash),” Bosshart said, adding a plastic grille piece from the sport utility vehicle also was found at the scene. “Initially, she said she didn’t recall being in an accident. She didn’t remember hitting anybody. But she did admit to driving the vehicle at the time in that area.”
Information on the condition of the two juveniles was not available; their full names are not in the court record.
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