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.
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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.