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Driver Charged In Hit-And-Run That Killed County Officer

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Juan Bello, 57, is accused of striking a correctional officer in a hit-and-run July 18; the officer later died. (Chicago Police Department)

Juan Bello, 57, is accused of striking a correctional officer in a hit-and-run July 18; the officer later died. (Chicago Police Department)

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CHICAGO (CBS) --A 57-year-old Chicago man has been charged in a hit-and-run Wednesday night that left a Cook County correctional officer dead.

Juan Bello, of the 2900 block of W. 25th Street, was charged with reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said Friday. Bello also is charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian, driving on a revoked license and driving too fast for conditions, Chicago police said.

Correctional officer Nikki Bostic-Jones, 38, was on her way across California Avenue to work late Wednesday night when a van hit her and fled. She later died at Mount Sinai Hospital. Police circulated information about the suspect’s vehicle and announced Thursday they had a “person of interest” in custody.

Nikki Bostic-Jones

Cook County correctional officer Nikki Bostic-Jones was struck and killed by a van overnight. (Credit: Bostic-Jones family)

On Friday morning, a vigil was held in Bostic-Jones’ honor. As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, it was held at 7 a.m.–the time she would have been leaving the jail from her overnight shift working in the maximum security wing.

Bello is expected to appear in bond court Saturday, police said.

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