Thursday, June 5, 2014

Driver in Fatal Hit-and-Run in Bridgeport Charged With Felony

Gabriel Herrera and Suai Xie lived near each other in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. On Thursday, Suai Xie was killed while riding her bicycle after she was struck by the van driven by Gabriel Herrera. According to the charges filed against Herrera, he was driving to the Home Depot when he struck Xie and then fled the scene. Witnesses were able to identify Herrera's vehicle and the license plate and called police. Herrera was arrested at his home within hours. 

Herrera was charged with the felony of leaving the scene of an accident that led to the death of Suai Xie and a misdemeanor count of failing to render aid as well as failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision. 

The death of Suai Xie is particularly senseless as it happened in the middle of the day on a residential street. According to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, there were no alcohol or drugs in Herrera's system at the time of the collision. In the end, there is just the loss of a loving family member. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Suai Xie at this very difficult time. 

If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Illinois personal injury law, contact Illinois Bicycle Attorney Mike Keating at 312-208-7702 or 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All e-mails and phone calls are returned promptly. All initial consultations are confidential and free.