Gregory Coppage

Gregory Coppage (Police photo / August 19, 2014)

A Broadview man was sentenced to 40 years in prison for running a man over twice and killing him during a 2011 dispute in the drive-thru lane of a Maywood fast food restaurant, prosecutors said today.

Gregory Coppage, 56, was convicted in June of the November 2011 killing of Tyrone Carter at the Popeye's Chicken on Roosevelt Road in the west suburb, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office.

Coppage was convicted during a bench trial before Cook County Judge Noreen Love, who sentenced Coppage on Monday.

According to prosecutors, Coppage cut off another vehicle and pulled behind Carter's vehicle. As they waited in line, Carter exited his car and went up to Coppage's car and the two exchanged words. Carter then went to his car and retrieved a stick. He then struck Coppage's car several times before walking away and heading to the front of the restaurant, prosecutors said.

Coppage backed his car out of the drive-thru line and drove toward Carter, hitting him with his car. Carter fell on the hood of Coppage's car, prosecutors said.

Coppage then slammed on his brakes, causing Carter to fall off the hood and onto the sidewalk in front of the restaurant, prosecutors said. Coppage then drove over Carter, police said.

Coppage drove over the sidewalk into oncoming traffic, made a U-turn and returned to run over Carter a second time before fleeing, prosecutors said.

Several witnesses were able to get Coppage's license plate number and report it to police, prosecutors said.

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