Lakeview case survivor seeks justice for friend killed after alleged driver was arrested

Suspect appears in bond court after summer crash that killed Sophie Allen and injured Nahiomy Alvarez

CHICAGO – Four months after a collision claimed Sophie Allen’s life and injured her friend Nahiomy Alvarez, police have charged the man believed to be behind the wheel.

Brett Domick appeared in Cook County bond court Tuesday following the events of Aug. 14. While a judge offered a $500,000 bail, Alvarez told WGN News there was no amount. who can bring back her dearest friend. Alvarez says she believes Domick has no regrets about her alleged crimes.

“There was a whole story about him wanting to surrender himself,” said Alvarez. “He just surrendered himself because there was an impending arrest for him. And he knows that. His lawyer knows it. So he walked to the station because he had no choice. There’s nothing kind about him. ”

Alvarez, who suffered a concussion in the accident, said she is still heartbroken over the loss of her friend.

“There were days when it really sank down to where I was just an inch away from being killed in that horrible way,” Alvarez said.

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Nahiomy Alvarez and Sophie Allen

In the months since the crash, Alvarez said she has had to deal with both physical and emotional trauma. That is part of the reason why the 28-year-old decided not to appear in court on Tuesday.

“It was part of knowing that I wanted to go. There was a feeling that if I saw his face, I would be closed,” Alvarez said. “But I also think it’s just as traumatic as I thought, maybe it would have been worse for me to see him.”

On August 14, police said, Brett Dimick was driving a BMW X3 without brakes at a stop sign at Addison and Fremont streets, driving onto the sidewalk, hitting both women.

“After attacking victims one and two, defendant Dimick attacked a metal fence south of the intersection of Fremont and Addison on the west side of Fremont,” said Assistant State Attorney James Murphy.

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Authorities said Domick and an unidentified passenger got out of the vehicle and fled.

“It was really horrifying,” Alvarez said. “The man with him in the car was an incredible thing in my mind. He is as criminally liable for this as anyone else. “

Investigators said Dimick left his slippers at the scene. The DNA from the shoes matched Domick’s DNA. On Monday, December 13, police charged Dimick with reckless homicide and failure to report an accident that resulted in injury and/or death.

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Dimick’s driver’s license was suspended, according to investigators, adding that he should never have gotten behind the wheel. His next court date is January 3.

Despite the tragic events that happened on August 14, Alvarez says she chooses to recall the good times she had with her friend.

“There are so many things I wish the world knew about Sophie,” she said. “I wish they knew that the day before the accident she was really enjoying her time in Chicago. I want everyone to know that Sophie really, really, has hope in this city. “

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Now, Alvarez says she hopes the justice system will prevail.

“The whole legacy of Chicago, I think in my head, will be a determining factor in how they handle this case,” Alvarez said, “and whether they really give her family a sense of justice,” Alvarez said. equal or not.”

https://wgntv.com/news/lakeview-hit-and-run-survivor-seeks-justice-for-friend-killed-after-accused-drivers-arrest/ Lakeview case survivor seeks justice for friend killed after alleged driver was arrested

CELINE CASTRONUOVO

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