A Chicago man was charged with first-degree murder after the victim of a hit-and-run accident last month died over the weekend, officials said today.
The accident happened on June 13 on the 5800 block of 73rd Street in Bedford Park, according to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.
The accident happened at about 10:15 p.m. and resulted in the injury of Charles Lawton, 35, of the 100 block of Curry Street in Ottawa, officials said. Lawton was a pedestrian, officials said.
Lawton, whowas pronounced dead on Saturday, had apparently been dragged 60 feet in the accident, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
An autopsy conducted on Sunday determined that Lawton died of Bronchopneumonia and multiple injuries after being struck by a sport utility vehicle.
His death was ruled a homicide.
Cook County sheriff's police along with Bedford Park Police and members of the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force investigated the incident. Officials had put out a description of the suspect and had sought a Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV with front-end damage.
Jose Gasco Garcia, 28, of the 6300 block of South Francisco Avenue was arrested at his home on Saturday. Police were acting on a warrant for attempted murder and aggravated battery, Dart said in a statement.
Charges were upgraded after Lawton died. Garcia is expected to appear at the Bridgeview courthouse on Tuesday, Dart said.
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