Man Charged in Fatal Humboldt Park Hit-and-Run

By Emily Morris and Erin Meyer  on January 23, 2013 11:47am

 Alexander Villa, 24, was charged with a felony count of failing to report a fatal crash.
Alexander Villa, 24, was charged with a felony count of failing to report a fatal crash.
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Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — Police charged a Logan Square man in a November Humboldt Park hit-and-run that killed a man and injured his brother.

Alexander Villa, 24, of the 2900 block of West Altgeld Street, was charged with a felony for failing to report the fatal accident that killed 24-year-old Ivan Miranda, authorities said.

Surveillance video from a nearby store caught a man matching Villa's discription "limp a few paces and jog away" from the scene, leaving his passenger with a broken back behind, according to Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Melissa Samp.

Villa allegedly drove a 2012 Hyundai Tucson into the driver's side of Miranda's 2003 Saab at the intersection of West Division Street and North Central Park Avenue about 5:45 a.m. on Nov. 24.

On Wednesday, Villa appeared in Cook County Bond Court, where Judge Edward Harmening ordered him held on $200,000 bond.

Miranda had the green light and was passing through the intersection of Division Street and Central Park Avenue when Villa blew through the red light and "T-boned" his car, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Melissa Samp told the judge.

The two cars careened off the street, and Villa's car crashed in to an iron fence outside of a CVS pharmacy, Samp explained.

Miranda died of severe blunt trama to his head, and his brother, 21, who was riding in the passenger seat at the time, suffered contusions all over his body, authorities said.

According to Samp, once emergency responders arrived at the scene, it took them 10 minutes to extract Miranda from his Saab. 

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