The Chicago Daily Herald is reporting that a man from Carpentersville, Illinois has been arrested and is being held in jail due to his alleged involvement in a DuPage County hit-and-run car accident that occurred early on Sunday in West Chicago. The accident resulted in the death of a 27-year-old Schaumburg resident.
The victim was headed northbound on Route 59 in a 2001 Ford escort when the defendant, who was headed eastbound in a 2003 Ford Explorer, disobeyed a traffic signal. The crash was hard enough to cause the Explorer to flip over. The accident victim was rushed to Central DuPage Hospital where he passed away a short time later.
There were six occupants in the Ford Explorer and they all fled the scene of the accident before police arrived. All of the occupants were found at a home in West Chicago shortly after. The investigation is being handled by the West Chicago Police Department.
The defendant has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, however police are indicating that charges could be upgraded pending the results of alcohol testing. The DuPage County Judge has set bail at $600,000.
It is not been reported if DuPage County car accident attorneys are involved in the civil end of the case yet.