BLOOMINGTON — The man accused of driving the van in a fatal hit-and-run crash remains in McLean County jail in lieu of posting $10,035.
Jose D. Rodriguez, 27, Bloomington, is charged with failure to report an accident that resulted in a death, a Class 2 felony; disregarding a traffic control device; and driving without a valid driver’s license.
Rodriguez and a language interpreter appeared in court Tuesday before Judge Tom Funk. In asking for the high bond, prosecutors noted Rodriguez was a citizen of Honduras, had family in Bloomington, was employed and had been a resident of Bloomington for five years. Prosecutors added he had never been issued a valid driver's license in Illinois.
Prosecutors said that about 3:40 p.m. Saturday, Rodriguez was driving east on Macarthur Avenue near the intersection with Main Street and struck a motorcycle driven by Corey Cottrell, 39, of Normal. Cottrell was pronounced dead at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.
Prosecutors said Rodriguez ran away from the scene, but he turned himself into the Bloomington Police Department late Sunday afternoon. His next court appearance is at 9 a.m. July 5.
Family members of both Rodriguez and Cottrell were in the courtroom Tuesday.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 309-820-8888. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers of McLean County at 309-828-1111.