Phil Pinkawa was charged Friday with failing to report an accident/loss of life.
Chicago police mentioned he was driving the automobile that hit 23-year-old Nick Parlingayan about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday within the 3800-block of North Milwaukee Avenue and left the scene.
He was arrested Thursday in Chicago.
Parlingayan’s household positioned flowers close to the intersection of North Milwaukee and Kilbourn avenues Thursday.
“I mentioned I gained’t imagine it till I see him,” Gigi Javier, Paringayan’s mom, mentioned. “I nonetheless wish to imagine or hope that’s it’s not him however I assume that’s not going to occur.”
“One of many smartest youngsters I do know,” mentioned his stepfather, Ariel Javier. “Very useful, very beneficiant. Everyone was….they liked, they liked him. He was such a superb child, such a younger age for him to go this manner.”
Parlingayan’s longtime neighbor Stuart Henrichs described him as a tough employee who all the time greeted individuals with an enormous smile.
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“I imply, he was a superb individual,” Henrichs mentioned. “I imply, you don’t come throughout that too usually anymore and he was a really sort individual.”
“Individuals blow via this mild over right here on a regular basis,” neighbor Kim Payne mentioned. “And there’s an issue. They velocity down this highway. It’s tragic.”
Bicyclist Patrick Wyatt mentioned a development undertaking close to the scene has made the world harmful for cyclists.
“Earlier than it was high quality if you trip your bike via right here however now that they’ve acquired this development proper right here, they acquired it down to at least one lane and there’s actually no bike lanes, so I imply I’m not stunned that any individual acquired hit over right here,” Wyatt mentioned.
Alex Perez, with Lively Transportation Alliance, mentioned painted bike lanes will not be safety.
“Paint is one factor completed, nevertheless it’s not safety,” Perez mentioned. “Pillars which might be plastic are one factor, however they don’t seem to be safety. What we advocate for is concrete defending bike lanes. That manner if you end up in a motorbike lane there may be some bodily safety.”
Up to now this yr, not less than three bicyclists have been killed in Chicago. And town’s information present final yr greater than 1,600 cyclists had been concerned in crashes.
The crash occurred in the identical intersection the place a ghost bike memorial is chained to a pole in reminiscence of Carla Aiello, a lady who was killed after being hit by a dump truck again in 2019.
Pinkawa is due in courtroom Saturday.
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