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Xavier Watkins | Forest Park police

Man charged with Forest Park hit-and-run crash

SHARE Man charged with Forest Park hit-and-run crash
SHARE Man charged with Forest Park hit-and-run crash

A Maywood man has been charged with driving away after hitting a pedestrian with his car late Sunday in west suburban Forest Park.

Xavier Watkins, 20, was charged Thursday with one count of aggravated reckless driving and one count of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, according to a statement from Forest Park police. His bond was set at $50,000 on Friday.

Police said Watkins was speeding west about 10 p.m. Sunday in a black car on Roosevelt Road when the car struck a pedestrian, who was crossing Roosevelt just east of Desplaines Avenue. The car kept going after the collision.

The victim was seriously injured and was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for treatment, police said. Police did not release his age.

Video footage of the crash eventually led to Watkins’ arrest, police said.

Watkins’ next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 2 in Maywood, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.

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