Fatal hit-and-run in Cragin neighborhood

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One man is dead, after a car struck a group of people in the Cragin neighborhood.

It happened just before 1 a.m. Saturday morning on Central Avenue,  just south of Belmont Avenue.

According to police, 38-year-old Mario Ortega was crossing the street with three women when they were all hit by the car.

The car drove north on Central Avenue and hit a few more cars before coming to a stop.

The car’s driver was taken into custody, police said.

Ortega was pronounced dead at Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center

The three women were taken to area hospitals. One was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, one to Loyola University Medical Center, and one to Mount Sinai Hospital.


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