Fernando Marin, 40, of the 4500 block of South Drake Avenue, has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, driving on a revoked license, driving without insurance and failing to yield to a pedestrian who had the right of way.
Marin struck Ida Quintanilla, 58, as she was carrying her groceries Thursday night in Brighton Park, prosecutors said when Marin appeared in court on Sunday. Quintanilla later died from her extensive injuries.
Quintanilla was walking with her sister and another person in the 4500 block of South Archer Avenue shortly after 8:40 p.m. when they reached the intersection with Homan Avenue, Assistant State's Attorney Jim Pontrelli said.
Quintanilla began to cross the street when Marin, driving a Chevy truck on Homan Avenue, tried to make a left onto Archer Avenue as the traffic light was turning yellow and lost control of the car, Pontrelli said.
Quinanilla's sister and the other witness watched and cried out as the truck rolled over Quintanilla and dragged her underneath the car, Pontrelli said.
Marin then sped off and drove the wrong way onto a one-way street, Pontrelli said.
Quintanilla, of the 2600 block of West Montgomery Avenue, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.
Pontrelli said the witnesses managed to catch a look at the driver and the licence number of the car, which was registered to Marin's girlfriend.
Marin was arrested Thursday at his home, where police found the car with damage to the front grill area, according to prosecutors and police documents. Marin did not confess to hitting the woman with her car, according to his arrest report.
Prosecutors said Marin has been caught driving under the influence twice before. His Illinois licence has been classified as revoked since 2002, according to court documents. Marin was born in Mexico but is a long-time resident of the Chicago area, his attorneys said.
Cook County Judge James Brown ordered Marin held in lieu of $250,000 on Sunday. If he makes bail, he is ordered to wear an electronic monitering bracelet and not drive.