WRIGLEYVILLE – Four months after a 27-year-old woman visiting Chicago died in a hit-and-run, a 30-year-old man has been charged with killing her and seriously injuring his friend.
Brett Dimick, from the Old Town district, was arrested Monday and charged with three felonies, including reckless homicide and failure to report an accident resulting in death and injury.
Police allege Dimick, driving a BMW X3, operated a stop sign in the 3500 block of North Fremont on August 14 and struck two women, killing Sophie Allen and seriously injuring her friend Nahiomy Alvarez. Dimick, who reportedly started up, was arrested without incident on Monday – nearly four months after the crash.
Dimick is scheduled to appear in bail court on Tuesday. Alvarez declined to comment until after the court hearing.
Alvarez and Allen, who were visiting Chicago from Orlando, had just stopped at Wrigley Field to take photos in front of their marquee when they were hit, Alvarez said.
Allen was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in October 2020, and she chose Chicago for her first cancer-free adventure to visit Alvarez and other friends she had in the area, Alvarez said. Faced with his diagnosis amid the coronavirus pandemic, Allen spent most of his time in self-isolation at home and had not seen his friends in over a year.
âI think she missed her friends a lot, and she made coming to Chicago for the summer one of the best things to do,â Alvarez told The Block Club in September.
Allen remained optimistic throughout her battle with cancer, creating a mailing list called “Sophie’s Superstars,” where she emailed Alvarez and other loved ones weekly to share news about her treatment and updates on how she was handling. Allen would share photos of herself cooking or walking outside with her rescue dog, Ollie Bear.
âIt’s amazing to face cancer like this. I would be crushed, but she was more concerned with making sure we didn’t worry about her, âAlvarez said. “The way she has remained so positive is a testament to her character.”
Allen was born in Tokyo and moved to North Carolina with her parents when she was 4 months old, according to a obituary written by his family.
She studied public policy at the school of her dreams, Duke University, before landing a job in Washington, DC, at a consulting firm. It was there that she met Alvarez.
âSophie was very excited about the world, and my favorite way to remember her is the way she hopped and jumped wherever she went,â said Alvarez. âShe was very playful and pleasant to be around. As we get older we lose some of that playfulness, but Sophie had it every day.
Jake Wittich is a Report for America body member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across town for Block Club Chicago.
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