A Sheriff’s Office video led to an eye-witness report and multiple charges against an Elgin man in the Route 25 hit-and-run that severely injured a 72-year-old motorcyclist.
According to a Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release, two days after the Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video of the incident, an independent witness came forward with a possible identification of the offender.
Sheriff’s Detectives pursued the lead and on Thursday, Sept. 16, were able to locate the vehicle and driver, Ruben Campuzano, 47, of the 500 block of Harrison Sreet, Elgin.
Ultimately, detectives were able to interview Campuzano on Friday, Sept. 17, when he admitted to striking the motorcycle and not stopping because he did not have a valid driver’s license.
Campuzano was charged with Failure to Report an Injury Accident, a cCass 2 felony; Aggravated Reckless Driving, a Class 4 felony; and Driving While License Suspended – second offense, a Class 4 felony.
Sheriff Ron Hain credits his Investigations Division.
“(They were able to stay focused and find the offender, who disregarded the value of life in this egregious incident,” Hain said.
The Kane County Sheriff’s Office had released a video on Sept. 14, in hopes of locating the sports utility vehicle involved in the violent 4:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, hit-and-run collision on IL Route 25 at the intersection of Gilbert Street in St. Charles Township.
Upon arrival, deputies learned that a 2020 Harley Davidson three-wheel motorcycle was traveling north on Route 25 and stopped at a red light at the intersection of Gilbert Street.
A red or maroon-color SUV was also traveling north on IL Route 25 and approached the motorcycle from behind at a high rate of speed. The SUV struck the motorcycle and fled the scene north on Route 25.
The driver of the motorcycle, a 72-year-old resident of St. Charles who has yet to be identified, was transported to an Elgin-area hospital with potential life-threatening injuries.
Officials say the offending SUV, possibly a Jeep Cherokee, had front driver’s-side damage.
“We are releasing video form a nearby business that shows the crash in hopes someone recognizes the vehicle and is able to assist in locating the driver,” Kane County Undersheriff Pat Gengler said in the original news release.
This is the second hit-and run accident reported in two days. The Aurora Police Department is searching for a vehicle wanted in connection to an early-Sunday-morning fatal vehicle-vs.-pedestrian hit-and-run crash on the near east side.
Charges against Campuzano are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the State’s burden to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Sequence of The Crash
SOURCE: Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release