Man charged in fatal hit-and-run of 16-year-old girl in Hermosa


Josue Mendoza Barrera, 26, (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — A 26-year-old man was charged in the fatal hit-and-run of a 16-year-old girl in Hermosa.

Josue Mendoza Barrera, was charged with reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. He was also charged with a misdemeanor for speeding.

Chicago police said Barrera was arrested Wednesday on the 1000 block of 101st Street in Lemont. He was identified as the driver of a minivan who on Aug. 3 chased and rear ended a white Dodge Charger on the 4500 block of West Armitage Avenue and then fled the scene.

The Charger struck the rear of a parked semi-truck on the same street. Ashley Sanchez was sitting in the backseat of the Charger and was killed in the crash.

The driver of the Dodge, a 44-year-old man, was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center along with a female passenger. The man parked inside the semi-truck was not injured.

No further information was provided.

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