2ND UPDATE: Bail Set at $500,000 For St. Charles Man Charged in Hit-And-Run Crash That Killed Woman in Wheelchair
Bail has been set at $500,000 for the St. Charles man charged in the Friday hit-and-run crash that killed an 88-year-old woman in a wheelchair.
According to a St. Charles Police Department news release, 23-year-old Andrew J. Jensen of St. Charles was taken into custody Friday.
On Sunday, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized the following charges against Jensen:
- Failure to Report an Accident or Death, a Class 1 felony.
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Personal Injury or Death, Class 4 felony.
- Failure To Yield at Crosswalk, a petty offense.
Jensen appeared Monday in Kane County bond court. The judge set Jensen’s bail at $500,000, with 10 percent ($50,000) to apply for bond.
St. Charles police identified the victim as Helen Radnoti, 88, of Chicago.
St. Charles police and fire units had responded at 4:04 p.m. Friday to the report of a crash involving a pedestrian at 3rd and West Main Street. Upon arrival, a woman was found unconscious in the roadway.
Initial witness statements indicate that Radnoti was in a wheelchair crossing North 3rd Street with her adult son. They were crossing in the crosswalk when a pickup truck driven waiting at the light began making a right turn from southbound 3rd Street to westbound Main Street.
The pickup, which police say was driven by Jensen, struck Radnoti in the crosswalk, then continued west on Main Street without stopping.
Radnoti was transported to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.
A man who was pushing her wheelchair sustained minor injuries, according to a Monday news releases from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.
St. Charles police officers and detectives investigating the crash released an image of a 2016 Dodge Ram, Cummins Edition, four-door pick-up truck involved in the crash and requested the public’s help to identify and locate the vehicle and its driver.
Media sources say Jensen turned himself in hours after the collision.
In a Sunday news release, St. Charles Police Department Deputy Chief Erik Mahan thanked the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team members for their assistance in the investigation.
“We would also like the thank the news media and members of our community for helping to provide information leading to this arrest,” Mahan said.
If Jensen posts bond, he is prohibited from driving a motor vehicle. Jensen remains in custody at the Kane County jail.
Jensen’s next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 20, 2020, in Courtroom 319 at the Kane County Judicial Center.
The charges against Jensen are not proof of guilt. Jensen is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
SOURCE: St. Charles Police Department news release