A Washington man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to causing a hit-and-run accident last summer that seriously hurt a Chillicothe woman and killed her dog.


A Washington man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to causing a hit-and-run accident last summer that seriously hurt a Chillicothe woman and killed her dog.

Michael E. Rennie, 55, of 2262 Knollaire Drive, pleaded guilty in Peoria County Circuit Court to aggravated driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

Aggravated DUI carries the more serious punishment. He could have been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison had he not pleaded guilty.

He also could face up to four years of probation.

As part of the plea, charges of driving on a revoked license and additional counts of aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident were dropped. Rennie remains free on bond pending his May 27 sentencing by Circuit Judge James Shadid.

Assistant State’s Attorney Jodi Hoos said Tracie Lenning, 25, of 1121 W. McDowell St., was walking with her son and the family dog in the 1300 block of North Santa Fe Avenue about 8:30 p.m. July 24 when they were struck by a car driven by Rennie.

The boy suffered only scrapes and bruises, but Lenning suffered broken bones in both arms and legs. Their dog was killed, the prosecutor said in open court.

Police arrested Rennie shortly after the accident near Rome Road and Old Galena Road. Hoos said Rennie got out of the car, approached the officers and said he knew what he had done and was going back.