BLOOMINGTON — A trial date has been set for a man accused in a fatal hit-and-run crash.
Jose D. Rodriguez, a native Honduran and Bloomington resident of five years, was brought to his status hearing Friday from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in Wisconsin.
Jury selection for his trial will begin at 9 a.m. Nov. 12.
Rodriguez has been in ICE custody since his release from the McLean County jail on bond Aug. 11. Prosecutors said Friday they do not yet know if ICE will allow him to return to Bloomington when pretrial proceedings begin Nov. 4, though the request has been submitted.
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Rodriguez is charged with failure to report a June 22 crash that resulted in a death and disregarding a traffic control device. He was charged previously for no valid driver's license, but that charge was dismissed Friday because he does have a license.
Prosecutors in McLean County said he was driving a van east on MacArthur Avenue on the afternoon of June 22 when he drove through a stoplight and collided with a motorcycle driven by Corey Cottrell, 39, of Normal.
Rodriguez also faces a wrongful-death lawsuit filed in McLean County on behalf of Violet Hinojosa Cottrell, Corey Cottrell's former wife and the mother of his two minor children. A status update on that hearing is set for Dec. 6.