University student killed in hit-and-run over weekend

By Daily Illini Staff Report

A 22-year-old University senior died Saturday morning after being struck by what police say was a drunken driver.

Anthony G. Pauls, senior in Engineering, of Lake in the Hills, Ill., was in a hit-and-run accident Friday night.

The Urbana Police Department responded to a call at 11:50 p.m. in the 200 block of West University Avenue, near the intersection with Lake Street. Police determined Pauls had been hit by a vehicle, which then fled the scene.

Soon after responding to the call, an Urbana police sergeant pulled over a vehicle with heavy damage that was driving in the area. Police identified the driver as 20-year-old Champaign resident Albert Fleming.

Fleming was arrested on preliminary charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death and other traffic charges.

He is being held at the Champaign County satellite jail with a $500,000 bond. He will be arraigned at the Champaign County Courthouse at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Pauls was pronounced dead at 7:54 a.m. Saturday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Preliminary results from an autopsy performed by Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup indicate Pauls died from multiple injuries sustained when he was struck by the car. Toxicology results are pending.

The Champaign County Coroner’s office and the Urbana Police Department are still investigating the hit-and-run. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Urbana Police Department at 217-384-2320 or Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477.