On Dec. 10, 2019, at approximately 4:50 p.m., the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force with assistance from the United States Marshals Service arrested Derek Overton, 24, of Champaign, in the 100 block of Kenwood Road as the suspect in a hit and run investigation.
On Sept. 24, 2019, at approximately 9:09 p.m., Champaign Police were dispatched to the intersection of Springfield Avenue and Kenwood Road for a reported hit and run. The investigation revealed several individuals were engaged in a physical altercation outside a local business. During the altercation the suspect entered a vehicle and intentionally drove through and over several of the participants in the altercation, seriously injuring two individuals who had to be transported to a local hospital.
Overton was identified as the driver in the hit and run following video evidence and witness statements. On Sept. 26, 2019, an arrest warrant was issued for the offense of Aggravated Battery and bond on the warrant was set at $500,000.
Following his arrest, Overton was transported to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office where he is awaiting future court proceedings.
The Champaign Police Department would like to thank the public for their assistance in this investigation.
Although an arrest has been made, the incident remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to please to contact police at 217-351-4545. Arrangements may be made for information to be shared privately. If you wish to remain anonymous you may also submit tips to Crime Stoppers by phone at: 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at 373tips.com; or the “P3 Tips” mobile app.
Champaign Police reminds citizens that information submitted to Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous. Calls are routed to a third-party national call center that receives your information, completes a tips information form, and then passes the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Caller ID tracking is not utilized by Crime Stoppers and conversations are not recorded.
All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.