Javier Castaneda-Vargas. (EPD photo)

Evanston police say a Chicago man has been charged in connection with a late-night accident on Sheridan Road that left a pedestrian — an 18-year-old Northwestern University student — seriously injured

Police say the accident occurred about 12:40 a.m. on Saturday when the male student was attempting to cross from the east to the west side of Sheridan in the 1800 block.

Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew says the student was struck by a southbound SUV that failed to stop after the crash.

The student was treated and transported to an area hospital by the Evanston Fire Department. Glew says he suffered serious injuries, but has since been released from the hospital.

After reviewing surveillance video, Glew says, Evanston and Northwestern police were able to identify the car involved, a Jeep Compass, and its driver, Javier Castaneda-Vargas.

Glew says that after being interviewed by police, Castaneda-Vargas, 52, of the 4800 block of West Hutchinson Street, admitted that he struck the victim and failed to stop to render aid. 

The state’s attorney’s office approved a felony charge of failure to report an accident with serious injuries. At a bond hearing Castanada-Vargas was ordered held on a $100,000D bond.

His next court date is Sept. 29 at the Skokie Courthouse.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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