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Crime & Courts

Driver accused of intentionally hitting construction worker in Elmhurst

ELMHURST – A Melrose Park man has been charged with three aggravated battery charges after he allegedly intentionally struck a construction worker with an SUV on Nov. 8 at Butterfield Road and Princeton Court in Elmhurst, according to the Elmhurst Police Department.

Juan Galindo, 40, of the 1500 block of Robin Avenue, was charged at 12:03 p.m. Nov. 8 with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery on a public way.

Galindo appeared in bond court Nov. 9, where Judge Richard Russo set bond at $750,000 with 10 percent to apply, said Paul Darrah, communications manager for the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

Elmhurst Deputy Police Chief Mike McLean said Galindo made statements to officers that allegedly indicate he hit the construction worker on purpose.

"[Galindo] told detectives he was aggravated and upset," Elmhurst Police Chief Michael Ruth said.

A condition of the bond set by Russo is that Galindo cannot drive a vehicle, McLean said. He also cannot have any communication with the construction worker, Darrah said.

Police are not aware of any prior relationship between Galindo and the victim, McLean said.

Witnesses said the victim was found underneath the vehicle, and he received care for non-life-threatening injuries at Elmhurst Hospital, he said.

According to a police report, Galindo said he was driving about 30 mph before the collision. The vehicle was a 1996 Chevy Tahoe.

The DuPage County Accident Reconstruction Team assisted Elmhurst police evidence technicians and detectives in processing the crash scene, McLean said.

The victim was working through a private contractor for an Illinois Department of Transportation asphalt resurfacing project for Butterfield Road, he said.

Galindo is scheduled for arraignment at 9 a.m. Nov. 27 in front of Judge Daniel Guerin.

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