Charges laid against death of 16-year-old skater in Minneapolis


Prosecutors said Bobby Frank Brookins, 34, was drunk when he punched Dychaun Chew, leaving the teenager lying on the street with injuries that would prove to be fatal.

MINNEAPOLIS – A man with a long criminal record that includes multiple driving offenses is now charged with punching and killing a teenage skateboarder in Minneapolis.

A criminal complaint details the charges against Bobby Frank Brookins, 34, who is charged with two counts of homicide and driving. Each count involving the death of 16-year-old Dychaun Chew carries a recommended maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Minneapolis Police were dispatched to the intersection of 51st Avenue N and Fremont Avenue N on the night of June 15 following reports of a fatal accident. Officers found a teenager, later identified as Chew, lying on the floor with several people doing CPR. First responders took Chew to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators at the scene noticed several vehicles parked with significant damage, as well as a Chevy Traverse SUV on the lawn of a residence. Witnesses told police the man suspected of hitting Chew was driving northbound on Freemont at high speed and did not stop at a stop sign. Chew was crossing the intersection on his skateboard and was struck.

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The driver, identified by police as Brookins, continued north on Freemont and struck several parked cars, losing a wheel in the process. Investigators noted that the Traverse sustained heavy damage and a hole in the windshield. Brookins was apprehended at the scene and police said he was visibly intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. Police say Brookins admitted to driving the vehicle and hitting the teenager.

A preliminary field test measured his blood alcohol level at 0.16, double the legal limit for driving a vehicle.

The black box on Brookins’ vehicle says he was driving 55 miles an hour on the residential street when he collided with Chew. There is no indication that he even tried to use the brakes.

Security cameras from several neighborhood residences also captured the incident.

Court documents indicate that Brookins has at least two DWI convictions, several arrests for driving after revocation or suspension, and numerous other offenses.

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