Authorities announced charges against a woman who is alleged to have struck a 60-year-old bicyclist with her car in Vernon Hills and fled the scene, leaving the victim a quadriplegic.
Elisiana Serna, 25, of Elk Grove Village, was charged with two felony counts of leaving the scene of a crash with injury.
A grand jury returned the indictment charging Serna on Wednesday.
The charges stem from a hit-and-run crash that the Vernon Hills Police Department and Libertyville Fire Department were called to around 4:17 a.m. on April 27 on Butterfield Road south of Golf Road in Vernon Hills.
Vernon Hills Deputy Chief Shannon Holubetz said an investigation showed a dark-colored sedan was traveling southbound on Butterfield Road.
A bicyclist, a 60-year-old Grayslake man, was also traveling southbound in the roadway.
The sedan, driven by Serna, struck the bicyclist and did not stop after the collision, Holubetz said.
Serna continued driving southbound on Butterfield Road.
She later told investigators she left the scene because she thought she hit a deer, Holubetz said.
The 60-year-old victim, who was reported to be unconscious, was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with life-threatening injuries.
Holubetz said Thursday that the victim, who was rendered quadriplegic from the crash, remains in a rehabilitation facility as he receives ongoing care.
The Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) and Vernon Hills Police Department investigated the incident.
Holubetz said that physical evidence left at the scene, witness statements and images captured on an automated license plate reader camera led investigators to identify the suspect vehicle and locate Serna.
Serna was charged with a Class 2 felony, which carries three to seven years in prison, and a Class 4 felony, which carries one to three years in prison.
A warrant has not been issued for Serna. She is scheduled to appear for an initial court hearing on November 1 for arraignment.