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Man charged for crash that killed former Vashon HS football standout

Cory D. Robinson was charged in connection with the crash that killed Derrick Mitchell Jr., a former standout football player
Credit: St. Louis Metro PD

ST. LOUIS — A man was charged in connection with the hit-and-run crash that left a former high school football standout dead.

Cory D. Robinson, 35, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and two other charges in connection with the crash that resulted in the death of Derrick Mitchell Jr.

Charging documents said Robinson was driving a 2019 Dodge Challenger and tried to pass the car driven by Derrick Mitchell Jr. Documents said that's when Robinson clipped the rear left of Mitchell Jr’s car, which caused it to spin out of control. The car driven by Mitchell Jr. then entered the southbound lanes and was T-boned by another car.

Charging documents said Robinson's car was going 70 mph in a 35 mph zone at the time of the crash.

The crash happened on Oct. 4 near N. Broadway and Christian Avenue around 6:30 a.m. Mitchell Jr. was transported to a hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead on Oct. 8. A 30-year-old woman was also transported to a hospital and was listed in critical condition on Oct. 4.

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He was charged with involuntary manslaughter, leaving the scene of a deadly crash and armed criminal action.

Police took Robinson into custody after a separate incident involving a robbery and police chase.

A woman told police she was home alone when Robinson tried to force his way into her home. She told him not to come int, but he barged in anyway. She said he stole her TV and phone, and when she tried to keep him from getting away, he fired a gun at the ground then pointed it at her head.

Police spotted him and chased after him until he crashed into a fence outside a cemetery. Charging documents said Robinson admitted to takin the TV but denied stealing it or using a gun.

For that incident, he is facing multiple charges, including first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of a firearm.

He is being held without bond.

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