UPDATED: UI student killed, Champaign man arrested after alleged DUI hit-and-run

Updated at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday

URBANA – A 22-year-old University of Illinois student was killed after a hit-and-run accident, and a 20-year-old Champaign man has been arrested for alleged drunken driving.

Anthony G. Pauls, of Lake in the Hills, was pronounced dead just before 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, according to Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup. Police said he was hit by a car just before midnight on Friday in the 200 block of West University Avenue, near the intersection of Lake Street.

According to an Urbana police news release, Albert Fleming is being held at the Champaign County Jail on preliminary charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident, and other traffic charges. The name of the victim was not released.

Urbana police located a vehicle with heavy damage in the area of the accident, according to police. Fleming was driving that vehicle.

According to a police report, Fleming admitted to police that he had been consuming alcohol and that he was intoxicated when the car he was driving hit the victim.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing. If anyone witnessed the accident or has any information, they are asked to contact the Urbana Police Department at 217-384-2320. Callers may remain anonymous by calling CrimeStoppers at 217-373-TIPS.

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chrisr150 wrote on October 14, 2012 at 12:10 am

Sad situation here. With regards to previous comments about the Deputy who enforces DUI's, one would think based on the many comments that this isn't a problem. That the deputy is a liar and makes it up for stats. Really? This is a serious problem and people ambush a proactive approach. Earning your DUI is a small consequence compared to loosing a life. PLEASE be responsible when consuming alcohol.

Commonsenseman wrote on October 14, 2012 at 9:10 am

The loss of life is a tragedy and DUI is wrong, but at some point we must address the general issue of U of I students acting impervious to the laws of physics, they walk around campus with no respect for automobiles, we have created this environment where they think they can do anything in this town and it is ok.  Slowing traffic down in campus just allows them to walk around staring at ipod iphone ipad and not looking for or respecting cars. These people became complacent. The solution is remove the excessive campus croswalks and teach these so smart people to cross at the light. The amount of crosswalks and distracted walkers on this campus is unacceptable

asparagus wrote on October 14, 2012 at 9:10 am

I agree that all of the new crosswalks and safety gear has caused a general slow down in traffic through the campus town area.  However, I believe it has also made students more safe.  Face it, U of I is a very large university with thousands of pedestrians going to and fro everyday out of necessity.  It is not unreasonable to expect drivers that choose to pass through campus town, to do so slowly and vigilantly. 

This guy was drunk and so none of this would have mattered anyway in this case.  But, I am more than happy to be inconvenienced if it means safer students.  Also, it is just human nature that once a crowd of a certain size starts moving they automatically assume the right of way.  You see this at concerts and sporting events all the time.  Even if they clearly do not have the right of way.  This is just the way it is.  No use getting upset about it.  And no amount of pedestrian education is going to change it.

 

Gus Philpott wrote on October 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

I do not condone DUI, and the driver will be vilified. No doubt.

But questions need to be asked about Pauls. If he was "near" an intersection, was he in a crosswalk? How was the crosswalk marked? Did he walk out from between parked cars? Was he walking in the street? Was he wearing light- or dark-colored clothing? Had he been drinking? Why was he in the roadway? Was he distracted? If so, how? Earphones? Reading? With others?

Were the headlights of that car on?

The driver should have kept his mouth shut. "You have the right to remain silent." He should have. "Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law." It will be.

natebaux wrote on October 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

"The driver should have kept his mouth shut."

yea, but he chose to take a drink instead.

skiparoo wrote on April 26, 2013 at 4:04 am

ban cars.  they are not in the bill of rights.