Pedestrian, 72, struck in hit-and-run dies

Tribune reporter

A motorist who was not authorized to drive is behind bars following a hit-and-run crash earlier this month on the South Side that claimed the life of a 72-year-old woman who died early today, authorities said.

Juanita Myles, of the 900 block of West 63rd Street, was pronounced dead at 3:01 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

On Jan. 17, Myles was a pedestrian who was walking in the 6300 block of South Carpenter Street when a vehicle struck her and fled the scene about 4:30 p.m., according to police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety.

The motorist, Kimberly Owens, 26, of the 6300 block of South May Street, was initially charged with one count of felony failure to report an accident and one misdemeanor count of driving on a revoked license, according to a police News Affairs statement.

Owens was arrested and booked into Cook County Jail on Jan. 25, after a judge set her bail at $200,000, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

It was not known immediately if the charges were expected to be upgraded.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.



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