Friday, July 20, 2012

Illegal Beaner Juan Bello charged with Reckless Homicide charge in hit-and-run that killed Cook County Correctional Officer Nikkii Bostic-Jones, 38



Reckless homicide charges were filed today against a West Side illegal alien who allegedly struck and killed a Cook County correctional officer as she was about to begin her overnight shift at Cook County Jail.

Juan Bello, 57, of the 2900 block of West 25th Street, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and reckless homicide. He was also cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian, going too fast for conditions and driving on a revoked license.

State records show Bello's driver's license was revoked in 2010 after his second DUI arrest.

Nikkii Bostic-Jones, 38, was struck while crossing California Avenue near 29th Street just before 11 p.m. Wednesday. Police say Bello was driving a navy blue van when he hit her and knocked her into the path of a sheriff's squad car.

Late Thursday afternoon, police found a van matching the description and took Bello into custody.

According to Illinois Secretary of State records, Bello's driver's license was revoked in 2010 after he was found guilty of driving under the influence in Iowa. He was stopped by Iowa authorities on Sept. 7, 2009 and his license was revoked in Illinois on Jan. 14, 2010, officials said.

He was eligible on Jan. 14, 2011 to appear at an administrative hearing and make his case about getting his license back, but he never sought one, according to an office spokesman. If his license had been returned, he would have been required to have high-risk auto insurance, officials said.

According to court records, Bello was also convicted of DUI in LaSalle County after being stopped on Sept. 21, 2002. He was found guilty and received court supervision. His license was returned to him on Feb. 6, 2003, according to records.

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