Motorcyclist killed after hit-and-run crash on NW Side; driver sought

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CHICAGO —  A motorcyclist was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash in the city’s Cragin neighborhood.

The accident happened around 9:40 p.m. Thursday on Diversey Avenue near Lavergne Avenue. A man was driving his motorcycle eastbound on Diversey, when he was rear-ended by a black SUV and launched into a pole.

Friends identified the man at Nicolas “Chato” Garcia, 36.

Witnesses told WGN News they believe the victim and the driver got into a verbal argument several blocks away and the driver rear-ended the biker on purpose.

Police believe the driver was in a 2002-2009 dark colored GMC Envoy that would have heavy front end and grill damage.

On Friday, friends of Garcia lit candles next to the pole that lays where he died.

Late Friday afternoon, friends believed they located the SUV involved a few blocks from the scene. Police have not commented on this development.

Some rode their own motorcycles to the site to pay their respects.

“He was just the humblest person you’d ever meet,” Garcia’s friend Raul Capistran said. “He wouldn’t hurt a fly. … Right now we’re trying to be there for the family.  His kid is only 6-years-old. For somebody to just take his life like that it’s not right.”

Police stressed they need the public’s help in the investigation.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the vehicle or any info on the incident should call Chicago police.




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