An emergency medical technician (EMT) has been charged with the hit-and-run death of a Park Ridge, Il., man near the Axehead Lake Forest Preserve in the north suburbs.
Police say Kristian Hernandez, 36, was driving a black Dodge Challenger on Touhy Avenue in Skokie when he struck Ronald Bougan, 53, late Monday afternoon, the Cook County sheriff’s police said.
Hernandez drove off and Bougan was found lying in the grass off the road around 5:20 p.m. by someone riding a bicycle.
Police said they canvassed auto body shops and discovered Hernandez had brought in a car that matched the one police believed was involved in the accident, based on debris at the scene.
Detectives said they learned Hernandez worked as an EMT for a private ambulance company in Skokie and set up surveillance before arresting him, police said.
Hernandez was taken into custody Wednesday and “has provided statements admitting to his involvement,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
Hernandez has been arrested seven times, including for violation of an order of protection, domestic battery with bodily harm and possession of a stolen vehicle, the office said. He was ordered held on $100,000.