Chicago man charged in Old Irving Park hit-and-run crash that killed bicyclist, 23

Chicago man charged in Old Irving Park hit-and-run crash that killed bicyclist, 23

CHICAGO (TOC) — A 57-year-old Chicago man has been charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist earlier this week on town’s Northwest Facet.

Phil Pinkawa was charged Friday with failing to report an accident/demise.

Chicago police stated he was driving the car that hit 23-year-old Nick Parlingayan about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday within the 3800-block of North Milwaukee Avenue and left the scene.

He was arrested Thursday in Chicago.

Parlingayan’s household positioned flowers close to the intersection of North Milwaukee and Kilbourn avenues Thursday.

“I stated I will not imagine it till I see him,” Gigi Javier, Paringayan’s mom, stated. “I nonetheless wish to imagine or hope that is it is not him however I suppose that is not going to occur.”

“One of many smartest youngsters I do know,” stated his stepfather, Ariel Javier. “Very useful, very beneficiant. All people was….they liked, they liked him. He was such a superb child, such a younger age for him to go this manner.”

Parlingayan’s longtime neighbor Stuart Henrichs described him as a tough employee who at all times greeted folks with an enormous smile.

SEE MORE: Bicyclist killed in Previous Irving Park hit-and-run crash; individual of curiosity ID’d, police say”I imply, he was a superb individual,” Henrichs stated. “I imply, you do not come throughout that too typically anymore and he was a really sort individual.”

“Individuals blow by means of this gentle over right here on a regular basis,” neighbor Kim Payne stated. “And there is a downside. They pace down this highway. It is tragic.”

Bicyclist Patrick Wyatt stated a development undertaking close to the scene has made the world harmful for cyclists.

“Earlier than it was high-quality if you experience your bike by means of right here however now that they have this development proper right here, they received it down to 1 lane and there is actually no bike lanes, so I imply I am not stunned that any person received hit over right here,” Wyatt stated.Alex Perez, with Lively Transportation Alliance, stated painted bike lanes aren’t safety.

“Paint is one factor achieved, nevertheless it’s not safety,” Perez stated. “Pillars which are plastic are one factor, however they aren’t safety. What we advocate for is concrete defending bike lanes. That approach if you end up in a motorcycle lane there may be some bodily safety.”

To this point this 12 months, at the least three bicyclists have been killed in Chicago. And town’s information present final 12 months greater than 1,600 cyclists had been concerned in crashes.

The crash occurred in the identical intersection the place a ghost bike memorial is chained to a pole in reminiscence of Carla Aiello, a girl who was killed after being hit by a dump truck again in 2019.

Pinkawa is due in courtroom Saturday.

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