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New charges filed in death of ISU student

New charges filed in death of ISU student

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BLOOMINGTON — Two new indictments were returned Wednesday against a 21-year-old Lombard man in connection with a January hit-and-run accident that killed an Illinois State University student.

Joshua Dunn was indicted on charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death and aggravated driving under the influence of marijuana. He previously was charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident.

Dunn, also an ISU student, allegedly struck Benjamin Allison near the crosswalk on eastbound College Avenue just east of Fell Avenue. Allison, 20, of Crystal Lake died of his injuries several days later.

Dunn's lawyer Mark D. Johnson filed a motion last week asking that Dunn's $75,000 bond be reduced. Dunn must post $7,525 to be released.

Johnson argues the bond is excessive and that "it is imperative that the defendant be allowed to be released from jail to proceed with his life and prepare for his defense to the charges against him."

According to the McLean County state's attorney's office, Dunn admitted to being at a party the night before and consuming alcohol. He was driving home around 8:30 a.m. Jan. 24 when the accident occurred.

The suspect was located by police later that day after a van in which he was a passenger pulled into the parking lot near his home in the 200 block of West Vernon Avenue where his car was parked. Dunn could not provide an explanation to police for the shattered windshield of the Toyota allegedly involved in the accident, said police.

Dunn is due in court Feb. 13 for an arraignment and a hearing on the request to lower his bond. 

Follow Edith Brady-Lunny on Twitter: @pg_blunny

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