Boy, 15, turns himself in after hit-and-run that killed 67-year-old man in Pulaski Park

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Photo of the Dodge Charger suspected in a fatal hit-and-run crash Sunday in Pulaski Park, Chicago | Chicago police

A 15-year-old boy has been charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash that left a 67-year-old man dead Sunday evening in the Pulaski Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

The boy, accompanied by a parent, turned himself in to the 20th District police station about 9:30 a.m. Monday, the morning after the fatal crash, Chicago police said.

Early Monday, police had released a photo of the vehicle, a Dodge Charger, involved in the crash and were seeking information on the driver.

The boy was driving about 5:20 p.m. Sunday when he struck Jesse Rodriguez, who was riding his bicycle and had stopped on a corner in the 3300 block of West Devon, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Rodriguez, who lived in Rogers Park on the North Side, was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was pronounced dead at 5:48 p.m., authorities said.

An autopsy Monday found he died of multiple injuries caused by an automobile striking a cyclist and his death was ruled an accident, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The boy, who has not been identified due to his age, drove off after hitting him.

He was charged with felony counts of homicide with a motor vehicle, failure to report an accident or death and leaving the scene of an accident causing injury or death, police said.

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