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Man Charged With DUI After Striking Elderly Pedestrian

Michael Izeta (Credit: Chicago Police)

Michael Izeta (Credit: Chicago Police)

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CHICAGO (STMW) – A 26-year-old man has been charged with drunk driving, running a red light, driving without a license or insurance and other traffic violations, after he struck and critically injured an 87-year-old man who was crossing a street in the Uptown neighborhood on Friday morning.

The accident happened about 7:05 a.m. on Friday at Broadway and Lawrence, when the 87-year-old pedestrian was struck as he tried to cross the street, police said. The driver left the scene, but was soon apprehended by police.

The victim was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition on Saturday, according to police.

Michael Izeta, of the 6100 block of North Damen Avenue, has been charged with felony aggravated DUI (resulting in serious injury), in addition to multiple citations, including, striking a pedestrian in the roadway, failure to yield, two counts of driving under the influence, running a red light, driving without a license and driving without insurance.

Izeta was in police custody Saturday and was scheduled to appear in court on Sunday for a bond hearing.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)