A man who struck a bicyclist with his car and fled the scene, leaving the bicyclist seriously injured in McHenry, was sentenced to two months in jail on Wednesday.
Brandon Chaples, 27, of McHenry, was charged in July 2020 with failure to report an accident causing injury, a Class 2 felony, and leaving the scene of an accident with injury, a Class 4 felony.
The McHenry Police Department and McHenry Township Fire Protection District responded around 11:23 p.m. on July 16, 2020, to the 300 block of North Street.
McHenry Police Department Officer Patrick Polidori said at the time that a bicyclist and a Toyota Corolla were both traveling southbound on Front Street.
The bicyclist was struck by the Toyota, causing the male victim 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.
The McHenry County Regional Major Crash Investigation Team was called to investigate the incident.
Officers located the Toyota in the 4300 block of South Street in McHenry after it had fled the scene.
Officers made contact with the driver, identified as Chaples.
Chaples was interviewed and admitted to being the driver of the vehicle at the time of the crash, Polidori said.
He was arrested and transported to the McHenry County Jail. Chaples was released after posting 10% of a $10,000 bond.
Court records show Chaples recently entered into a negotiated plea deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
He pleaded guilty to one count of failure to report an accident involving injury, a Class 2 felony, in exchange for his other charge being dismissed.
McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge approved the plea deal and sentenced Chaples on Wednesday to 60 days in the county jail and two years of probation.
Chaples will also be required to perform 100 hours of public service and pay $1,499 in court fines and fees.
Chaples was ordered to report to jail for his sentence beginning on January 3.