Joliet woman accused in deadly West Loop hit-and-run now faces reckless homicide charge

Joliet woman accused in deadly West Loop hit-and-run now faces reckless homicide charge

CHICAGO — The Joliet lady accused in a West Loop hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist in April now faces a reckless murder cost, Chicago police stated Tuesday.

Courtney Bertucci, 30, has been charged with reckless murder, failing to report an accident or demise and possession of a managed substance within the demise of 42-year-old Paresh Chhatrala April 16.

She already confronted drug fees associated to the lethal crash in April, however, on Tuesday, CPD introduced the upgraded fees.

Chhatrala was biking west on Madison Avenue when an oncoming driver, who police have stated was Bertucci, swerved to keep away from a steel plate on the highway at Peoria Avenue, in line with a police report.

Chhatrala was struck by the driving force and thrown into the air, police stated. He was hospitalized in crucial situation with accidents to his head and physique and died days later.

Bertucci continued going with Chhatrala’s bike caught below her automotive however was stopped by a number of witnesses at Aberdeen and Monroe streets, police stated. When officers arrived, a citizen was holding Bertucci in opposition to her Volkswagen Jetta.

On the time of the crash, police stated they suspected Bertucci was below the affect of medication. Officers discovered empty baggies of potential heroin in her automotive, in line with the police report.

She’s due in courtroom Tuesday.

The video on this story is from a earlier report

ABC7 Chicago contributed to this report.

(Supply: Solar-Instances Media Wire – Copyright Chicago Solar-Instances 2022.)

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