04/20/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Eddie Lumpkin Charged With Reckless Homicide In DUI Crash That Killed 6-Year-Old: Had At Least 40 Prior Traffic Offenses


Eddie Lumpkin had cocaine in his system, and also admitted to smoking marijuana, before the collision in which his van killed 6-year-old Jada Washington.

Lumpkin failed his field sobriety test at the scene of the crime, and later chemical testing showed cocaine in his bloodstream, the Tribune reports.

But his lawyer argues that he was sober, according to the Sun-Times:

"As soon as the accident happened, he stopped and tried to help the people, who were running across the street through traffic, across the median when they shouldn't have been," Greenberg told reporters after this afternoon's bond hearing.

At a hearing on Friday, Lumpkin was ordered held on a $500,000 bond.


A man who struck and killed a 6-year-old girl with his van on Tuesday has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI--but now many are wondering why the man, who has received more than 40 traffic citations since 1987, was driving at all.

Eddie Lumpkin, 48, "has been stopped more than two dozen times" and received about 40 tickets for disregarding stop signs, driving without insurance and failure to exercise caution around pedestrians, according to reports from the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.

On Tuesday, Lumpkin was allegedly intoxicated when he drove his van into 6-year-old Jada Washington and her aunt Tiuette Richardson, 21, near 74th Street and Ashland Avenue, the Sun-Times reports. Jada was killed and Richardson was seriously injured.

Initially, Lumpkin was charged with driving under the influence, no insurance, failure to carry a driver's license, negligent driving and striking a pedestrian in a roadway. His charges were upgraded to reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated driving under the influence on Thursday.

Despite Lumpkin's extensive history of traffic violations, he still had a valid driver's license Tuesday night. The Tribune reports:

...he never came to the attention of secretary of state officials because most of the tickets had been dismissed. In fact, he has been convicted only six times for traffic violations, according to the court records...The court records provide little information about why the tickets were dropped, but it could have been a lack of evidence, the failure of police officers to show up in court or any number of other things.

Under Illinois law, drivers found guilty of three moving violations in one year should have driver's licenses suspended. Lumpkin's most recent ticket was issued Jan. 31 for disregarding a stop sign.

"He should not have been driving," Jada's mother Areathea Washington told the Sun-Times. "He shouldn't have a license to walk."