A 17-year-old boy has been charged as an adult after a 63-year-old grandmother died in December when she was run over and dragged by a car in the driveway of her Zion home.
Kevin Lancaster, 17, of Zion, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, a Class 1 felony, and reckless homicide, a Class 3 felony. A warrant had been issued for him on the charges, police said.
Lancaster was arrested on Saturday by the North Chicago Police Department after they responded to a domestic disturbance in the 1900 block of Morrow Avenue.
Officers transported him to the Depke Juvenile Justice Center in Vernon Hills where he remains held on a $500,000 bond.
63-year-old Nancy Ezell was struck on December 7 by a Honda Civic sedan and dragged in the driveway of her home in the 2200 block of Elisha Avenue in Zion.
Ezell’s family told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that the 63-year-old woman and her adult granddaughter noticed the Honda in her driveway and went outside to investigate. She saw a man and a woman inside the vehicle having sex, her family said.
Ezell confronted the two inside the car and asked them what they were doing. Her granddaughter then went inside the house to call police and Ezell went behind the vehicle to write down the license plate.
The man inside the car jumped into the driver’s seat and put the vehicle into reverse, backed up and ran the woman over. Ezell was dragged underneath the car and suffered critical injuries.
“That is when the driver floored it in reverse and hit her to prevent her from getting the license plate numbers, dragged her out into the street, put it in drive, went over her again and sped away,” one of Ezell’s family members said.
A Flight For Life medical helicopter was called and Ezell was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. Nearly one week after the crash, Ezell was taken off life support and pronounced dead.
“Nancy had sustained too much damage to her brain. The doctors told us that the “Nancy part” of Nancy was gone and would not be coming back and that the most they could do for her was to keep her alive with machines,” the woman’s niece said.
Police said that a black male, later identified as Lancaster, was driving the vehicle and a white female was in the passenger seat. The Honda, which had a Wisconsin license plate and was last seen eastbound in the 1200 block of 21st Street, was later found abandoned.
“The granddaughter had come back outside just in time to see all of this happen and she is just an absolute WRECK over this,” family told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.
“She was very, very close to her grandma, who is known to everyone in our family as Nana because of her loving, grandmotherly nature towards all of the children in this family.”
“Officers and Detectives conducted an extensive investigation, identified and interviewed witnesses to the accident and gathered large amounts of physical evidence,” Zion police said on Tuesday when they announced the arrest.