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Breaking: St. Charles Township resident faces multiple charges in connection with hit and run that injured girl

Brian Quartuccio, 42
Brian Quartuccio, 42

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – The Kane County State’s Attorney Office authorized multiple felony charges against Brian Quartuccio, 42, of the block of 35W000 block of Oak Drive, St. Charles Township, in connection with a Mother’s Day hit-and-run crash that injured a girl riding a bicycle, according to a news release.

Quartuccio was charged May 13 with leaving the scene or failure to report a death or injury; driving with a revoked license; and driving with a revoked license while causing personal injury or death to another person, all felonies.

The most serious is leaving the scene or failure to report a death or injury, a Class 2 felony, punishable by three to seven years in prison and fines up to $25,000, if convicted.

The other two are Class 4 felonies, punishable by one to three years in prison and fines up to $25,000 if convicted.

Quartuccio also was charged with driving without insurance, a misdemeanor and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, a petty offense, according to the release.

Seven-year-old Lexi Hanson, a second-grader at Anderson Elementary School in St. Charles, was struck about 1 p.m. May 12 as she was riding her bike on Geneva Avenue. She suffered several broken bones, a spinal injury, cuts and bruises and remains at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where she was flown shortly after the accident. A Go Fund Me page was created by Lexi’s aunt to help the family pay for her medical bills.

According to a news release from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, a black Dodge pickup was traveling on Geneva Avenue when it struck Lexi near the intersection of Courier Avenue. The truck fled the scene but was found abandoned a few blocks from the location. It is believed the driver fled the area on foot.

Police had been searching for Quartuccio, who has a history of traffic infractions in Kane County dating back to 1998, since the incident happened. He surrendered to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office about noon Monday.

According to court records, Quartuccio was on probation for a Dec. 4, 2017 felony charge of driving with a suspended license. He had been charged July 19, 2017, with driving with a revoked license and that charge was combined with the later one, according to records.

He pleaded guilty May 3, 2018, and his sentence was suspended while he was on probation for 12 months starting May 31, 2018. He also was to perform 300 hours of community service and pay $1,880 in fines and fees, according to records.

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