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Zion woman charged in fatal hit-and-run of bicyclist in Waukegan

Linda J. Ray, 47, of Zion.

A Zion woman has been charged with leaving the scene after fatally striking a bicyclist with an SUV in Waukegan last month, police said.

Linda J. Ray, 47, of Zion, was charged with one count of leaving the scene of an accident causing death.

The Waukegan Police Department said that Chad Aiello, 37, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, was riding his bicycle around 11:30 p.m. on June 4.

Officers found a man, later identified as Aiello, who was badly injured in the 3600 block of North Lewis Avenue.

Waukegan Police Cmdr. Joe Florip said that an ambulance transported Aiello to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where he was later pronounced dead.

The Waukegan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit (MCU) was called to investigate.

Investigators learned Aiello was riding a bicycle southbound on Lewis Avenue in the northbound lanes.

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A black 2015 Cadillac SUV, driven by Ray, was traveling northbound on Lewis Avenue when it struck the bicyclist and fled the scene, Florip said.

Ray was not the registered owner of the vehicle, but it is unclear if the car was stolen or not, police said.

Ray turned herself in to the Waukegan Police Department on Wednesday.

She remains held in the Lake County jail on a $100,000 bond and will appear in court again on July 20.


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