Man pleads guilty to 2011 hit and run death of Christopher Hall - – Rockford’s News Leader

Man pleads guilty to 2011 hit and run death of Christopher Hall

Mario Neal Mario Neal

A man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a May 2011 hit and run crash that resulted in the death of Christopher Hall.

The crash occurred near 800 North Day Avenue just before 10 p.m. on May 2, 2011. Hall was found unresponsive on the ground, and an autopsy revealed his death to be related to injuries sustained from being hit by a car.

A tan Pontiac SSEI with extensive damage and a missing passenger side mirror was located by officers canvassing the area in the 2900 block of School Street. That passenger mirror was found in the area of the crash. The passenger side of the car was also splattered with a sticky cola substance, and a crushed can of Pepsi was found in the pocket of Hall's cargo shorts during his autopsy. Paint chips consistent with the color of the Pontiac were also found on his body.

Police spoke to Laquinc Neal, the registered owner of the Pontiac and Neal told them his brother Mario Neal and his friend Antonio had the car and did not return it to him. Mario Neal later admitted to officers that he was driving the car, hit Hall, and left the scene of the accident. Neal did not report the crash to police.

Neal pled guilty to Failure to Report an Accident Involving Death After Leaving the Scene and Driving After Suspension. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

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