Man Charged in Fatal South Shore Hit-And-Run That Left 3 dead, 1 Injured Sped Toward Group, Prosecutors Say

A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

The man charged with running over and killing three men outside the South Shore’s Jeffery Pub was allegedly heard yelling “I’ve got something for you, you m—f—s,” moments before he got into his vehicle and struck the men.

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Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown on Tuesday announced that Tavis Dunbar, 34, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder stemming from the deaths of 23-year-old Jaylen Ausley, 25-year-old Donald Huey and 27-year-old Devonta Vivetter.

“This senseless act of violence won’t be tolerated in the city of Chicago,” Brown said Tuesday morning.

Dunbar surrendered to police Monday, according to Brown, after he was allegedly identified as the driver who “intentionally struck” four victims outside the bar.

The incident occurred on Aug. 14 at around 5 a.m. in the 7000 block of South Jeffery Boulevard.

According to Cook County prosecutors, the four victims were involved in an altercation outside the bar just as it was closing. As that was happening, a witness overheard a man whose appearance was consistent with Dunbar say “I’ve got something for you, you m—f—s” just before he walked northbound on Jeffrey.

Video surveillance then captured a vehicle pulling into the northbound lane of that street and accelerating toward the victims. The driver then turned that vehicle into the southbound lane, “violently striking” the four men, prosecutors said.

“Each (of the victims) were either thrown up in the air and a significant distance from the impact, or dragged by the car and left to die in the street as (Dunbar) drove off,” prosecutors said in a bond proffer.

Ausley, Huey and Vivetter were all pronounced dead on scene. A fourth victim suffered injuries to his legs, but survived and has been released from the hospital.

According to the proffer, the vehicle was traveling at 59 mph when it struck the men. The accelerator pedal was allegedly pushed 99% of the way down and Dunbar never attempted to touch the brakes prior to impact, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Dunbar drove three more blocks after striking the men and ditched his car near the home of a friend. He allegedly went inside that person’s home and had that person drive him from the scene to the home of a woman Dunbar knows.

Dunbar allegedly told that woman that he’d been kicked out of the bar and that people were coming after him when he got into his car to leave. But according to prosecutors, multiple videos from the scene “directly contradict” that claim.

The woman with Dunbar later saw video of the crash online and recognized that it was Dunbar’s vehicle that struck the men, according to the proffer. Dunbar allegedly asked that woman to be his alibi witness, but she refused, telling him that he had killed two people.

“Actually,” Dunbar replied, according to prosecutors, “it’s three.”

The woman told Dunbar to turn himself in to law enforcement.

“This was a horrific, horrific tragedy here in the city of Chicago,” Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said.

Contact Matt Masterson: @ByMattMasterson[email protected] | (773) 509-5431

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