Chicago man charged with hit and run that injured Northwestern student

CHICAGO (CBS) – A Chicago man is facing charges in a hit and run last week in Evanston that seriously injured a Northwestern University student.

Javier Castaneda-Vargas, 52, was charged with failing to report an accident with serious injuries and failing to exercise caution towards a pedestrian.

On September 17, Evanston Police responded to the 1800 block of Sheridan Road for the crash. When officers arrived, they found the 18-year-old student who had been beaten.

Police say the victim was a pedestrian attempting to cross Sheridan Road from the east side of the street and while crossing he was struck by a southbound SUV. After hitting the student, the SUV did not stop and continued south on Sheridan.

The victim was treated and transported to an area hospital by the Evanston Fire Department. He was seriously injured but has since been released.

The Evanston Police Traffic Unit, assisted by the Northwestern University Police Department, conducted the investigation which included reviewing surveillance video to identify Castaneda-Vargas.

Police contacted Castaneda-Vargas on September 20 and he agreed to be interviewed. He admitted to hitting the victim and not rescuing him.

Castaneda-Vargas’ next court date is scheduled for September 29.


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