A driver involved in a crash that happened Saturday is facing a felony because he was driving while his license was suspended, but the driver in the car versus pedestrian crash wasn’t at fault for the accident,

Exzavier Neal, 27, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with knowingly operating a car with a suspended driver’s license — causing great bodily harm, according to a criminal complaint by the DA’s office.

If convicted, Neal faces up to seven years, six months in prison and/or fined up to $10,000.

According to a criminal complaint, Racine Police responded to a report of a pedestrian that was struck by a car on Saturday in the 1600 block of West 6th Street. The pedestrian suffered a broken pelvis and fractured hip.

Neal, the driver of the Hyundai that struck the pedestrian, told police a number of the man’s family members had rushed outside and he left the scene because he did not feel safe there. On his way to see his girlfriend at Ellsworth Correctional Facility, Neal stopped at a stoplight on 6th Street at Memorial Drive. He continued through the intersection, but slowed down for the cars making left turns in front of him. Neal told police he never saw the man until he was on his windshield.

He knew the accident wasn’t his fault because the man ran out into the street, but he did know that his license was suspended and he shouldn’t have driven.

Neal was taken into custody at the Racine County Jail where he is being held on a probation hold. A cash bond of $500 was set for him and he was court ordered not to drive.

A preliminary hearing was set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 25 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.





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