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'I just want this guy to serve his time:' Suspect charged in hit-and-run near Fiserv Forum

Posted at 6:21 PM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 20:01:24-05

MILWAUKEE — Months after a family of four was hurt in a hit-and-run outside Fiserv Forum, prosecutors are charging a man in the case. It comes after the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office said they didn't have the evidence to file charges against two people taken into custody.

On Tuesday, the DA charged 21-year-old, Christopher Covington, with four counts of hit-and-run causing injury, habitual criminality repeater, for the crash that happened at 6th and Juneau late last year.

Back on Nov. 9, Danielle Eager, her husband, Tony, and their boys, five-year-old Dayton and eight-year-old Brayson, made the drive from Hartford to Milwaukee to see “Jurassic World” at Fiserv Forum but never made it inside.

They were crossing the street when a car turning left hit them and took off.

All of them were injured and Dayton was knocked unconscious.

Through surveillance video and license plate details - police were able to find the car at a tow lot a few days later.

The criminal complaint said Covington's mom told investigators it was a rental and she allowed her son "…to borrow the car on multiple occasions."

Investigators said Covington repeatedly denied being behind the wheel, but when they got into his phone they found location data and videos on Instagram placing him in the driver's seat at the time of the crash.

Danielle said she now feels some peace of mind.

"Now we can finally have justice for our family,” Danielle said. “I just want this guy to serve his time.”

She’s regularly doing physical therapy and her husband is back at work, but her kids continue to ask questions every day.

“The emotional part of them trying to cross the street, they still don't understand that even though they follow the rules that sometimes things happen and it's scary for them,” Danielle said.

She said it doesn’t seem as if Covington feels any remorse.

“This guy was denying it all this time and he was playing games. Well, you know videos don't lie,” Danielle said.

However, she’s thankful that the police never gave up.

"If it weren't for like the Milwaukee PD, I don't think we would be where we're at today,” Danielle said.

Now she’s anxiously waiting for Covington to have his day in court.

“I want him to know that he's not going to destroy our family and make us afraid of anything,” Danielle said.

Court records show that Covington has a past criminal history of maintaining a drug trafficking place and resisting or obstructing an officer. He was currently on probation and had his Huber privileges revoked after failing to appear in court in Oct. 2019.

If convicted, Covington could face up to eight years in prison.

The DA’s office told TODAY’S TMJ4 at this time they don’t plan to charge the other person who was taken into custody.

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