By Clifford Ward
Special to the Tribune
6:41 PM CST, January 25, 2013
Aurora police Friday announced charges against a man in connection with the fatal hit-and-run crash this week that killed a counselor at a residential school for children with psychiatric issues.
Gustavo Villarreal, 44, who remains at large, has been charged with four felony counts of leaving the scene of an accident, police said.
Police have been searching for Villarreal since Monday night, when Theresa Burns, 57, of Des Plaines, was struck and killed by car on the northeast side of Aurora.
Burns, a residential counselor at the Northern Illinois Academy, was trying to assist a student who had run from the school and sat down in the roadway.
Burns and another staff member were able to move the student, an 18-year-old woman, but were struck by a 1997 Geo Metro.
Burns was pronounced dead a short while later. Her co-worker and the student were not badly injured.
The driver fled on foot.
Police say their investigation points to Villarreal, the owner of the car whose family reported him missing Wednesday.
His bond has been set at $1 million.
Anyone with information about Villarreal, of an unincorporated area near Aurora, is asked to call police at 630-256-5330 or the Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000.
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