Crime Briefs: Jefferson Park man charged in fatal 2013 hit-and-run

Rasheed Mujkovic. Courtesy CPD
Rasheed Mujkovic. Courtesy CPD

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] Jefferson Park man was charged this week as the driver in a fatal hit-and-run accident from 2013.

Rasheed Mujkovic, 22, kept driving his maroon Chevy Suburban SUV after slamming into 83-year-old Norman David Esho at the intersection of Devon Avenue and California Avenue on Aug. 20, 2013, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn alleged. Mujkovic had been turning south at the intersection when he hit Esho at the crosswalk around 6:20 p.m., his SUV rolling over and dragging the victim for about 20 feet after the impact, prosecutors alleged.

At the time police said Esho was headed to a video store about three blocks away from his home in the 6300 block of North Francisco Avenue when he was fatally hit by the SUV.

Mujkovic reportedly told multiple people he didn’t stop after hitting Esho because he had drugs in the car and figured, since he thought no one saw the accident, he would not get into trouble for it, said Quinn. Meanwhile Esho, a father of three and grandfather of five, was taken to Saint Francis Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Two days after Esho died the owner of the SUV, the mother of Mujkovic’s child, reported that it had been stolen. Prosecutors allege Mujkovic had instead secreted the SUV to a friend’s garage in the 6000 block of North Fairfield Avenue and intended to set it on fire. However police say they were able to locate the SUV three days after it was reported stolen thanks to an anonymous tip.

Additionally, a witness reportedly saw Mujkovic behind the wheel of the SUV in a parking lot near Devon and California the day of the fatal hit-and-run. This witness was also able to recognize the SUV thanks to its distinctive silver rims, Quinn said. After an investigation by the department’s Major Accidents unit police issued a warrant for Mujkovic’s arrest in 2014. He was taken into custody on Monday and charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing injury or death–a felony.

At bond court at 26th and California on Tuesday Judge Donald Panarese, Jr. ordered him held on $150,000 bail. Mujkovic, of the 5600 block of West Goodman Street, is expected to appear in court again on June 29.

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