A man convicted of leaving an accident scene after killing a man in a wheelchair was charged today with murder after punching a man who became “obnoxious” at a Burnside neighborhood Father’s Day party, knocking him down and impaling him on a fence, prosecutors said.
Willie Hubbard was at a Father’s Day barbecue in the 9000 block of South Greenwood on June 16 when an intoxicated next-door neighbor, Edward Scott, 48, began using profanity and “trying to pick up the small children” there, Assistant State’s attorney John Dillon said during a bond hearing today.
Scott was escorted from the party and was standing outside the wrought-iron fence at his house when Hubbard walked up and punched him three times, causing Scott to fall forward into the fence.
Scott had not said anything to Hubbard or threatened him at the time he was punched, Dillon said. The attack happened about 8 p.m., police said.
A rod from the fence became impaled in Scott’s eye and then broke off as he fell to the ground, Dillon said. Witnesses began to scream and Hubbard ran away.
Scott was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he died, Dillon said. He was declared dead at 8:56 p.m., police said. Scott died of head injuries and impalement on a fence post in an assault, the Cook County medical examiner’s office found following his death.
Cook County Criminal Court Judge Donald Panarese, Jr. set bond at $50,000 after Assistant Public Defender Marijane Placek argued the case was a “freak accident” that should not have been charged as a murder.
“This is a man who would not go away,” Placek said, adding that he was “scaring both the women and children” with “obnoxious” and “salacious” conduct.
“When you punch someone you don’t expect them to impale themselves on a fence,” she said. “This was a freak accident.”
Hubbard, of the Pullman neighborhood, pleaded guilty in 2000 to leaving the scene of a fatal accident earlier that year and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
His vehicle was one of two that struck Matthew Moore, 58, as he crossed Cottage Grove Avenue at 93rd Street in his wheelchair. Friends told the Tribune at the time that Moore, a diabetic who had lost his left foot to the disease, was on his way to buy some lottery tickets at a store a block away when he was struck.
Tribune reporter Liam Ford contributed