Charges Filed in Crash That Killed Man on His Birthday

Eugene Ratcliff was celebrating his 32nd birthday on Tuesday when he was struck by a car


A 17-year-old boy was scheduled to head to bond court Friday after being charged in a crash that killed a man on his birthday.

Two others were injured in the crash, on the 8300 block of South Blackstone Avenue, on Tuesday night.

The teen, whose name and photo were not released, faces numerous charges, including:

  • Reckless homicide with a motor vehicle
  • Aggravated fleeing and causing bodily injury
  • Aggravated DUI and causing an accident or death
  • Two counts of aggravated DUI and causing an accident or bodily harm
  • Four counts of leaving the scene of an accident with injury or death
  • Possession of cannabis, between 2.5 and 10 grams
  • Driving between 11 and 14 mph above the speed limit
  • Operating a motor vehicle without insurance
  • Failure to reduce speed
  • Three counts of failure to stop at a stop sign

Officials allege the teen was speeding southbound on Blackstone when he struck three people who were crossing near 83rd Street.

Eugene Ratcliff, who was out celebrating his 32nd birthday, was killed. The two others were injured.

Authorities call the case a hit-and-run because they say the teen sped off after hitting the group, hit a second car and then tried to get away on foot before he was arrested.

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