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Driver charged after hitting bicyclist, fleeing the scene in McHenry

A man has been charged with hitting a bicyclist with his car and fleeing in the 300 block of North Street in McHenry Friday | Photo: Alex Vucha.

A bicyclist was flown to the hospital after he was struck by a car that fled the scene in McHenry Thursday evening, police said.

The McHenry Police Department and McHenry Township Fire Protection District responded around 11:23 p.m. Thursday to the 300 block of North Street for a report of a vehicle crash.

McHenry Police Department Public Affairs Officer Patrick Polidori said that the bicyclist and a Toyota Corolla were both traveling southbound on Front Street.

The bicyclist was struck by the Toyota, causing the man to be thrown onto the roadway from his bike.

He sustained a head injury and paramedics transported him to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry, Polidori said.

He was then flown by helicopter to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for additional treatment. He is expected to survive.

The McHenry County Regional Major Crash Investigation Team was called to investigate the incident.

Brandon Chaples, 24, of McHenry.

Front Street between High Street and Bank Drive was closed to traffic for approximately two hours to allow the crash team to conduct the investigation.

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The team consists of officers from the McHenry Police Department, Johnsburg Police Department, Spring Grove Police Department, Harvard Police Department, Woodstock Police Department and Cary Police Department.

Officers located the Toyota in the 4300 block of South Street in McHenry after it had fled the scene.

Officers made contact with the suspected driver, identified as Brandon Chaples, 24, of McHenry.

He was interviewed and admitted to being the driver of the vehicle at the time of the crash, Polidori said.

Chaples was charged with failure to stop after having an accident involving personal injury or death, a Class 2 felony, and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, a Class 4 felony.

He remains held in the McHenry County jail pending a bond hearing Saturday morning.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the McHenry Police Department at 815-363-2599.


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