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Man charged with Cicero hit-and-run that left woman, girl hurt

Eduardo Gonzalez | Cicero police

A man has been charged with striking and injuring a woman and a 10-year-old girl in a hit-and-run crash last week in west suburban Cicero.

Eduardo Gonzalez, 39, was charged with two felony counts of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, according to statement from Cicero spokesman Ray Hanania.

Sonia Castrejon, 44; and her 10-year-old goddaughter Lizette Castrejon were crossing the street about 5:15 p.m. March 13 in the 5500 block of West Cermak Road when they were hit by a silver, 4-door vehicle, Hanania said.

They were taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment, but have since been released from the hospital, Hanania said.

The driver sped away after the crash, but someone who heard the story on the news called police with information. Gonzalez was arrested Friday a few blocks from his home in the 3600 block of South 53rd Avenue in Cicero.

“We want to thank both the news media for helping us to get the information about the hit-and-run to the public and to the members of the public who called us with information after the incident,” Cicero Police Chief Jerry Chlada Jr. said in the statement.

“It was an individual who recognized the car and identified it to us that helped us track down the driver who saw what he did but had no compassion and sped away trying to escape identification,” Chlada said.

Gonzalez posted a $20,000 D-Bond and was released, Hanania said.