Causing Injuries to Others After a Robbery During Escape Attempt from Police

In People v. Arsberry, 242 Ill. App. 3d 1034, 611 N.E.2d 1285, 183 Ill. Dec. 637 (1993), the defendant robbed a store and then fled from the police. An officer testified that the defendant was driving in excess of 60 miles per hour. The car veered onto a curb, hitting the base of a stoplight, and continued on the sidewalk for 100 feet, where it headed into a crowd of people and struck two people. Although a man was on the ground and a woman was on the hood of the car, the defendant's car drove 60 miles per hour for an additional 14 blocks, with the woman on the hood. When the car hit a railroad sign and some cement pillars, the woman fell off the car. The defendant was convicted of aggravated battery of both people that he struck with the car. On appeal, he argued that his aggravated-battery convictions should be reversed because the State failed to prove that he acted intentionally or knowingly. This court disagreed, noting that the defendant, "traveling in dangerous excess of the speed limit," drove onto the sidewalk, striking two people. Arsberry, 242 Ill. App. 3d at 1041. "Undeniably, an individual who drives at such high rates of speed, between 60 and 70 miles per hour, cannot lack the conscious awareness that he might hit someone or something." Arsberry, 242 Ill. App. 3d at 1041. Furthermore, the defendant drove for 14 blocks with a woman clinging to the hood of the car before she was eventually thrown off the car and onto the pavement. Arsberry, 242 Ill. App. 3d at 1041. "We cannot say that defendant was not consciously aware that driving at such high speeds with a person on the hood of his car would not result in serious bodily harm to that individual." Arsberry, 242 Ill. App. 3d at 1041. Accordingly, the Court affirmed the defendant's convictions for aggravated battery. Arsberry, 242 Ill. App. 3d at 1041.