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Rockford man charged with homicide, DUI in Dec. 15 crash

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A Rockford man has been charged with reckless homicide after the car he was driving struck a tree early Sunday morning, Dec. 15, killing his 30-year-old passenger.

Police say Dawon C. Keenan, 24, was speeding in the 2600 block of Ridge Avenue when his Volkswagon passenger car left the road and stuck a tree at approximately 4 a.m. Keenan and passenger, Ashley Charles, 30, of Rockford, were transported to the hospital after the crash.

Charles was pronounced dead from her injuries while Keenan was treated and transported to the Winnebago County Jail, where he was booked on an array of charges, including reckless homicide and aggravated DUI involving death.

Keenan has also been charged with driving on a suspended license, DUI with a blood-alcohol content of higher than .08, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Keenan is currently out on bond for a DUI arrest in August, when he allegedly struck a Rockford Police squad car. In that case, he faces charges of DUI, resisting a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield for an emergency vehicle and transporting open liquor.

He is also on parole for armed robbery.

Keenan remains lodged in the Winnebago County Jail without bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday, Dec. 16.

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