Police have issued an arrest warrant for a 23-year-old former West Rogers Park man in connection with a Halloween hit-and-run Chicago car accident that claimed the life of a 25-year-old DePaul University student.
The suspect, who doesn’t have a driver’s license, may have fled to Mexico, the Chicago Breaking News Center reported.
As reported last fall on our Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer blog, the woman was struck at Cullom and Lincoln avenues, as she walked home about 3 a.m. on Nov. 1 after a long night of work bartending at Bowmans Bar & Grill.
Family of the victim said the arrest was a relief. Police said at a press conference that the defendant quit his job at a North Side food store after telling his boss he was leaving for Mexico to care for a sick mother.
Police served a search warrant on the defendant’s home in December, following a tip about the suspect’s possible identity from someone watching the news.
Authorities reported finding a silver vehicle with front-end damage and physical evidence linking the defendant to the scene.
The defendant, who obtained a driver’s permit in 2003, has a previous accident and a citation for driving without a license on his record, according to the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.