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Crime & Courts

Police: West Chicago man drove into pedestrian in crosswalk in Geneva

GENEVA – A West Chicago man faces felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident in an incident that took place last month in Geneva. Police say he drove drunk, ran a red light and hit a pedestrian in the crosswalk, breaking the pedestrian's leg.

Felipe Hernandez, 25, of the 600 block of South Neltnor Avenue, West Chicago, also was charged May 22 with felony aggravated driving under the influence without a license. 

Hernandez was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence, and various traffic offenses: driving without insurance, driving with a suspended license and disobeying a traffic-control device. 

Each felony has a penalty of one to three years in prison and fines of up to $25,000. The misdemeanor has a penalty of up to a year in jail and fines of up to  $2,500.

Hernandez was released after posting $5,000 bail, 10 percent of a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

According to police reports and court records, Geneva police followed Hernandez on May 22 as he drove a silver 2001 Oldsmobile Alero east in the 500 block of West State Street at 11:15 p.m., following up on a driving complaint.

The officer watched Hernandez weave in the westbound lanes, sometimes straddling the lane marker as he approached the light at Third Street, according to the report.

When he saw the light turn red at Third Street, the officer realized that Hernandez was not going to stop, so he put on his lights and siren. But Hernandez went through the red light anyway and hit a 29-year-old woman from Elgin who was walking north across West State Street in the crosswalk, according to police reports.

The woman was sent into the air and landed on her backside with a broken left fibula, according to the report. Hernandez kept driving, making a wide right turn to South Second Street, when he stopped and was arrested, according to the report.

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