Officers arrested a driver who allegedly hit a bicyclist with his car and fled the scene in Waukegan, leaving the victim having to crawl for three blocks to get help.
Jerman A. Torres, 72, of Waukegan, was charged with failure to report an accident causing injury and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Kelse Banks said Torres had been driving to the train station in Waukegan on Wednesday.
Torres struck a person riding their bicycle and briefly stopped, Banks said.
Torres allegedly fled the scene and ended up driving home.
The victim was unable to walk and had to crawl approximately three blocks to get help.
Banks said Torres sought help from a family member after going home and the two of them returned to the scene but no one was present so they left.
Police were notified around 4:50 a.m. that morning by the victim, who reported that he rolled onto the windshield when he was struck by the car.
The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a hip injury.
Torres did not notify the police until after 6 a.m. that morning, Banks said during a bond hearing.
Officers saw a dent on the hood of Torres’ vehicle and also saw the windshield was shattered.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Torres held on a $100,000 bond. He was released after posting $10,000 cash.
A status of attorney hearing is scheduled for Thursday.