$100K bond for driver charged with fatal Avondale hit-and-run

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Bond was set at $100,000 Monday for a Northwest Side man charged with a fatal hit-and-run crash last Sunday in the Avondale neighborhood.

Felix Fajardo, 33, was at the wheel of an SUV that struck Christopher Sanchez about 5:20 a.m. Feb. 21 at the intersection of Milwaukee and Belmont, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Sanchez, 34, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he died within the hour, authorities said. He lived in the 3100 block of North Sawyer.

Family members said at a Monday vigil that Sanchez, a single mechanic, lived nearby and had been walking home after a night out when he was struck. Fire officials said the man was thrown about 30 feet from the impact.

Police released a surveillance photo Tuesday of an SUV seen fleeing northbound on Milwaukee after the crash. Early Monday, they announced the felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death against Fajardo, of the 5100 block of West Patterson.

Fajardo was ordered held on a $100,000 bond Monday. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 18.


Surveillance footage from a fatal pedestrian crash in Avondale. | Chicago Police

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