ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis man was speeding twice the limit last month when he struck a car driven by a St. Louis high school football coach, causing the man's death, charges say.
Cory Robinson, 35, of the 4000 block of Lincoln Avenue, was charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter, armed criminal action and leaving the scene of a crash, which killed Derrick C. Mitchell, a football coach at Clyde C. Miller Career Academy and former football player at Vashon High School.
Charges filed Monday say Robinson was driving a Dodge Challenger when he attempted to pass Mitchell's Chevrolet Cobalt on North Broadway about 6:30 a.m. Oct. 4. Robinson clipped the rear of Mitchell's northbound car, causing it to spin into the southbound lanes where it was struck by another car.
Mitchell suffered a ruptured aorta and died three days later at Barnes Jewish Hospital, charges said.
Robinson's attempt to pass Mitchell was captured by surveillance video in the area, charges said. Data from the Challenger's black box showed it was going 70 mph at the time. The stretch of the 7800 block of North Broadway where the crash occurred has a 35 mph speed limit.
Police said in court records that "an individual encountered defendant standing outside of the Challenger right after the wreck, and positively identified defendant."
Robinson has a pending robbery case and numerous convictions in St. Louis, including illegal gun possession, unlawful use of a weapon, assault, resisting arrest and possession of illegal drugs and paraphernalia.
Robinson was held without bail.
After Mitchell's death, a former coach of his described Mitchell as a standout athlete at Vashon who played quarterback, receiver, running back and defensive back.
A month after the crash, Robinson was picked up for robbery by city police after a high-speed chase that ended in a crash. Charges said he tried to attack a woman at her home in the Wells Goodfellow neighborhood, then fled with her television and cellphone.