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Man charged with hit-and-run death of 98-year-old man in Summit

Richard Lulik | Summit police

A Northwest Side man has been charged with driving away after his SUV struck a 98-year-old man near a southwest suburban gas station in May, leading to the man’s death two months later.

Surveillance footage of a man suspected of driving the vehicle that struck a 98-year-old man near a Summit gas station in May. | Summit police
Surveillance footage of a man suspected of driving the vehicle that struck a 98-year-old man near a Summit gas station in May. | Summit police

Richard Lulik, 51, faces one felony count of failure to stop after an accident involving injury or death for the crash that happened May 10 near the Citgo at 7455 W. Archer Ave. in Summit, according to a statement from Summit police.

Esteban Barraza, of the 7400 block of West 55th Place in Summit, died July 14 of complications from multiple injuries after being struck by a vehicle, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. His death was ruled an accident.

Police released surveillance photos earlier this month of the suspected driver and Ford Explorer involved in the accident. Multiple people called police identifying Lulik as the driver, and he later turned himself in, police said.

Lulik, of the 4700 block of North Knox in Chicago, was ordered held on a $500,000 bond at a Wednesday hearing, according to Cook County Circuit Court records. His next court date is scheduled for Aug. 10.

Surveillance footage of the vehicle police suspect struck a 98-year-old man near a southwest suburban gas station in May. | Summit police
Surveillance footage of the vehicle police suspect struck a 98-year-old man near a southwest suburban gas station in May. | Summit police