Motorist’s mother puts ‘two and two together’, urges son to turn himself in after fatal Old Irving hit-and-run: prosecutors – Chicago Tribune

A late-night TV-watching mother saw reports that police were looking for a fatal fugitive driver in the Old Irving Park neighborhood woke her 57-year-old son to tell him to go to authorities, the authorities said on Saturday. prosecutors.

Phil Pinkawa, of the 2900 block of North Troy Street, appeared in court on Saturday before Cook County Judge Barbara Dawkins, who set bail at $50,000. Pinkawa must pay $5,000 to be released until his next court appearance on Friday.

Pinkawa has been charged with failing to report an accident involving the death of 22-year-old Nick Parlingayan, Chicago police said in a media notification.

Parlingayan, 22, who was at least the third cyclist to die in 2022, was cycling around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday in the 3800 block of North Milwaukee Avenue when he was hit by a Nissan Versa that failed to stop and fled the places, the police mentioned.

Parlingayan fell, causing head trauma, and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:10 p.m., officials said.

Shortly after the sinking, Pinkawa’s mother got up late to watch TV and saw a news report about the accident, prosecutors told Judge Dawkins.

Knowing that her son had a black Nissan Versa, which was described in the police alert, and that the accident happened along the road and at the same time he was delivering food for the restaurant where he works as a cook, she woke him up at 4 a.m. to urge him to surrender, prosecutors say.

Pinkawa admitted to hitting something that hit his windshield, damaging his vehicle which was parked in the garage, but prosecutors said he rammed Parlingayan and dragged him before fleeing the scene.

“Instead of stopping and giving help, he drove off,” Judge Dawkins said before setting bail. He did not surrender “until his mother put two and two together”.

Investigators matched parts of the Versa left at the scene to his car, prosecutors said, adding that Pinkawa turned himself in shortly after also speaking with colleagues at the restaurant.

Pinkawa, a permanent resident of Cook County, also works as a truck driver, according to an attorney for him.

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