Man arrested after boy killed, girl critically hurt in Rockford hit and run

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) ─ Rockford Police have arrested Javaughn Cooper, 30, as the suspect in a hit and run which critically injured two children on Thursday night.

First responders were called to the intersection of N. Central Ave. and School St. around 9:30 p.m.

Police said a 4-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl were hurt. They were taken to St. Anthony Hospital before being airlifted to Lurie’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago. The 4 year old died Friday. The girl is still listed in critical condition, police said.

Investigators said the driver fled the scene. At 9:17 p.m., officers spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle on Kilburn Avenue, with front end damage and no working headlights.

Cooper told police he was coming from Auburn Street and was unaware of the damage to his car, according to a police report. He then ran from officers during the traffic stop, police said. He was chased down and taken into custody at the intersection of N Horsman and Maple Ave.

Photo: Winnebago County Jail

Cooper later admitted to hitting the children, but leaving the scene because he was scared, according to police.

He has been charged with Accident Resulting in Personal Injury or Death, and Resisting a Police Officer.

Cooper is set to appear in court on September 8th. He is being held at the Winnebago County Jail on $35,000 bond.

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