Man held on $50K bail in deadly hit-and-run that claimed boy, 13

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MATTHEW HENDRICKSO­N, STAFF RE­PORTER mhen­drick­son@sun­times.com | @MHen­drick­sonCST

A 40-year-old man was or­dered held in lieu of $50,000 bail Wed­nes­day for his al­leged in­volve­ment in a deadly hit-and-run that claimed the life of a 13-year-old boy in Ash­burn over the week­end.

Isaac Martinez was rid­ing his bi­cy­cle with his two teenage cousins Sun­day in the 8300 block of West Lawn­dale Av­enue when Os­car Martinez Guer­rero struck the boy from be­hind while driv­ing his white work-is­sued Ford Econo­line van, Cook County pros­e­cu­tors said.

Martinez Guer­rero, a con­struc­tion man­ager, al­legedly con­tin­ued to drive away af­ter strik­ing the boy and did not stop to pro­vide aid or call au­thor­i­ties.

“When you have an ac­ci­dent and you know you’ve had an ac­ci­dent, there’s a duty to re­main on that scene,” Judge Charles Beach said af­ter lis­ten­ing to the al­le­ga­tions against Martinez Guer­rero on Wed­nes­day.

Isaac Martinez died later Sun­day night at Christ Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Oak Lawn.

Isaac Martinez’s mother, Itzel Dirzo, de­manded jus­tice for her son dur­ing a vigil Tues­day night.

As she learned about charges filed against Martinez Guer­rero, she ex­claimed, “Thank you, God. Thank you.”

Po­lice were able to track Martinez Guer­rero’s van to the own­ers of a River West­based in­te­rior con­struc­tion com­pany, pros­e­cu­tors said. De­tec­tives were told that the van was pro­vided to Martinez Guer­rero for his use and that he kept it at his home in West Lawn.

Martinez Guer­rero was charged with leav­ing the scene of an ac­ci­dent and fail­ing to re­port the crash. He also is fac­ing two mis­de­meanors and mul­ti­ple ci­ta­tions tied to the deadly hit-and-run.

Martinez Guer­rero is a mar­ried fa­ther of three — ages 2, 9 and 12 — and is ex­pect­ing an­other child, de­fense at­tor­ney Daniel Nuñez said.

Martinez Guer­rero, who has lived in the city for 18 years, man­ages a crew of con­struc­tion work­ers, Nuñez added.

Martinez Guer­rero was pre­vi­ously con­victed of mis­de­meanor DUI in 2004 and later ap­plied for a driver’s li­cense with false in­for­ma­tion, so it would not “link up” with his DUI con­vic­tion, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Beach rec­om­mended that Martinez Guer­rero be placed on elec­tronic mon­i­tor­ing if he is able to post bond. Martinez Guer­rero is ex­pected back in court on July 20.

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