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Woman held in lieu of $250,000 bail in alleged deadly hit-and-run

Updated: July 31, 2013 2:06PM

A 27-year-old woman was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail Wednesday for her alleged role in a deadly hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of an elderly South Side man earlier this month.

British Cooper slammed her black Mercedes-Benz Coupe into 77-year-old Arthur Johnson as he crossed the street at Racine Avenue near 83rd Street on July 17, authorities said.

Johnson was thrown in the air from the impact of the crash before landing on his head, police said.

Cooper, who was caught on surveillance cameras, continued to drive northbound on Racine, according to Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Heather Kent.

She didn’t stop her car, help Johnson or report the accident, Kent said.

Cooper was arrested on Monday and charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident.

An eyewitness identified Cooper in a line-up and another person singled out Cooper as the driver of the windshield damaged Mercedes he saw speeding away from the incident, Kent said.

Cooper, of the 300 block of South Kensington, has a previous drug conviction.

But assistant public defender Marijane Placek said that experience helped the mother of one better her life.

Cooper is currently enrolled in junior college where she is studying to become an X-ray technician, Placek said.

Placek said, Cooper, a medical biller with Advanced Healthcare Solutions, simply “panicked” in the incident involving Johnson.

“This is nothing but an accident,” the defense attorney said. “What the defendant is being charged for is essentially panic.”

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