Champaign man accused in campus hit-and-run accident

Champaign man accused in campus hit-and-run accident

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man is accused of a hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian in the campus area over the weekend.

Steven A. Rath, 21, of 1001 S. Oak St., was given tickets for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and driving an uninsured motor vehicle, according to a Champaign police report.

Witnesses told police that a woman entered the crosswalk on the north side of the intersection at Fourth and John streets at 2:07 a.m. Saturday, according to the report.

Elizabeth Anton, 20, of Glenview, was struck by a car that left the scene, the report said. She was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital for treatment of a knee injury, according to the report. She did not remember the accident, the report said. Carle had no information on her this morning.

Rath called police Sunday and told them he and a friend had gotten into his car. The windshield was frosted over and he turned on the defroster and a short time later started driving, according to the police report.

His windshield fogged over, but Rath continued driving, the report said.

He told police he heard a soft "thud" and thought he struck ice in the road. Then he looked back and saw a man in the road with his hands in the air. Rath and his friend thought the man may have been "messing with them" and hit the car.

He later discovered his rear view mirror had been broken, according to the report.

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