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Man who hit girl to serve two years in prison

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 5:00 a.m. CDT

A man who was responsible for hitting a 6-year-old girl while she was riding her bicycle will go to prison for being intoxicated at the time of the March 20, 2010 incident.

Eric W. Robison, 33, of Norridge, Ill., will serve two years at the Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 4 felony. He also must pay $465 in court costs and fees.

According to court documents, the girl was riding her bicycle on Lincoln Street near the intersection with Butler Street. Robison was traveling westbound in a 2005 green Ford F-150 on Lincoln Street when he backed his vehicle into the girl, running her over.

Robison was charged with driving while his driver’s license was suspended, a Class 4 felony, and aggravated driving under the influence. The charges indicate Robison drove the vehicle while under the influence of marijuana and methamphetamine during a period in which his driving privileges were suspended.

Robison has had his driver’s license suspended five other times since 2007 — four in Cook County and one in Grundy County. The current revocation is due to driving under the influence.

Court documents indicate Robison is “in need of drug and alcohol treatment.”

Charges of failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving on a suspended license were dismissed.

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