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Skokie EMT Charged in Fatal Hit-and-Run

A Skokie man has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident resulting in a death. The suspect killed a Park Ridge man in Des Plaines on Nov. 5, authorities said.

Skokie resident Kristian Hernandez, 36, of the 8200 block of Knox Avenue, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident resulting in a death, a Class I felony, authorities said Friday.

Patch reported on Nov. 6 that 53-year-old Park Ridge resident Ronald Bougan was found dead about six feet from Touhy Avenue near Axehead Lake, just east of the I-294 expressway in Des Plaines, on Nov. 5.

A man riding his bicycle found Bougan in a grassy area and initially, in the dark, thought he was looking at a deer or other animal, authorities said. Hernandez worked as an EMT for an ambulance company in Skokie, the Sheriff's Department said.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Department gathered evidenced at the scene and canvassed local auto body shops in an attempt to locate a vehicle that had damage consistent with auto parts recovered at the scene.

Investigators eventually realized they were looking for a black Dodge Challenger and located a repair shop in Skokie that matched the description of the vehicle they were looking for. The car had damage consistent with what was found at the scene of the accident, authorities said.

According to the Cook County Sherriff’s Department, Hernandez has already provided statements admitting his involvement with the accident.

Prior to this arrest, Hernandez had been arrested seven times, including a violation of an order of protection, domestic battery with bodily harm and possession of a stolen vehicle, the Sherriff’s Department said.

Bond has been set for $100,000 and Hernandez  is due in court on Dec. 4 at the Skokie Courthouse.

Quagmire November 16, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Where is the forum moderator??? I have flagged the two spam posts above by betty & xiaoyang as inappropriate as well as emailed her and nothing has been deleted.....
George Slefo November 16, 2012 at 04:56 AM
@ Quagmire - Thank you for pointing this out. There are a lot of comments that get posted on Patch and it's because of our community that we're able to keep up with content violations. The comments section now reflects your post. Much appreciated. Best, George
Quagmire December 01, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Why does this spam get to remain on here? Should be taken off immediately.
CRITIC January 10, 2013 at 02:56 AM
FIRST OF ALL, THE VICTIM WAS NOT RIDING A BIKE, HE WAS WALKING. 2ND- TIRE MARKS WERE LEFT IN THE SOFT DIRT, WELL OFF THE ROAD. 3RD- IF THIS ANIMAL HAD STOPPED, HE WOULD HAVE TAKEN HIS CAR MIRROR WITH HIM INSTEAD OF LEAVING IT BY THE BODY. 4TH- HE ADMITTED TO BEING AT 3 DRINKING ESTAB. PRIOR TO THE INCIDENT. 5TH-- SCARED OR OTHERWISE, ANY DECENT PERSON WOULD HAVE CALLED 911 EVEN IF IT WAS ANONYMOUSLY
CRITIC January 10, 2013 at 02:57 AM
FIRST OF ALL, THE VICTIM WAS NOT RIDING A BIKE, HE WAS WALKING. 2ND- TIRE MARKS WERE LEFT IN THE SOFT DIRT, WELL OFF THE ROAD. 3RD- IF THIS ANIMAL HAD STOPPED, HE WOULD HAVE TAKEN HIS CAR MIRROR WITH HIM INSTEAD OF LEAVING IT BY THE BODY. 4TH- HE ADMITTED TO BEING AT 3 DRINKING ESTAB. PRIOR TO THE INCIDENT. 5TH-- SCARED OR OTHERWISE, ANY DECENT PERSON WOULD HAVE CALLED 911 EVEN IF IT WAS ANONYMOUSLY.....

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