Prosecutors: Video caught man fleeing fatal hit-and-run accident

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Surveillance video from a nearby grocery store captured a Logan Square man limping away from the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash on the West Side last November, prosecutors said today in court.

Alexander Villa, 24, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and ordered held on $200,000 bail by Judge Edward Harmening.

Villa was driving a 2012 Hyundai Tucson that sped through a red light at Division Street and Central Park Avenues at about 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 24 and smashed into a 2003 Saab, killing its driver, Ivan Miranda, and seriously injuring his brother, Jovanni, prosecutors said.

“A grocery store video shows the driver of the Tucson limp a few paces and then jog away from the area of the crash,” Assistant State’s Attorney Melissa Samp said at the bond hearing. The man in the video resembles Villa in appearance, the prosecutor said, and DNA taken from the exploded airbag in the Tucson was later matched to Villa.

Authorities issue a warrant for Villa’s arrest after the DNA match in December, court records show. Villa, accompanied by an attorney, turned himself in to police at the Major Accidents Investigations Unit on Tuesday.

Ivan Miranda, 24, was driving east on Division Street with his brother, 21, on their way to pick up another sibling when Villa’s southbound Tucson ran a red light and slammed into the driver’s side of their car. The impact sent both vehicles crashing through an iron fence outside a nearby pharmacy, Samp said.

It took firefighters 10 minutes to cut Ivan Miranda out of the wreckage. He suffered severe head trauma and was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital a short time later, Samp said.

Miranda’s brother was treated for contusions to the head, ribs, arms and legs, Samp said. A front-seat passenger in Villa’s SUV suffered a broken back, the prosecutor said.

At the time of the crash, Villa was free on bond on a pending drug distribution charge, records show. Prosecutors today filed a motion asking a judge to find him in violation of those bond conditions.

Harmening also ordered that Villa provide proof of the source of any bail funds he might post in the hit-and-run case.

His attorney, Michael Clancy, said Villa had recently worked at a Motorola factory in Schaumburg, attends college and has two young children and a pregnant fiancé. He has no previous felony convictions.

jmeisner@tribune.com

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