Man charged in Humboldt Park pedestrian crash death

Sean Riley, 33, of the 1400 block of North Bell Street in Wicker Park, was charged with driving under the influence in connection with the death of a pedestrian in Humboldt Park. Read the full story here. (Chicago Police Department / August 26, 2014)

A Chicago man has been charged with driving under the influence in connection with the death of a pedestrian in Humboldt Park on Sunday night, authorities said.

Sean Riley, 33, of the 1400 block of North Bell Street in Wicker Park, was allegedly driving east on North Avenue through the West Side neighborhood just before 8:30 p.m. when he struck a pedestrian crossing the street at the intersection of North and Washtenaw avenues, according to Chicago Police.

An off-duty police officer driving behind Riley witnessed the crash, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office. The officer said the driver was going about 40 miles per hour on North Avenue and did not brake or attempt to swerve to avoid the pedestrian. 

Riley remained at the scene after the crash, according to the state's attorney's office, and was arrested by police.

The pedestrian, identified as Jose Serrano, 55, of the 2000 block of W. 52nd St. was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Officials said Riley refused to take a sobriety test when he was arrested. But around 3:30 a.m., close to seven hours after the crash, Riley agreed to take a test and was found to have a blood alcohol content of .16 percent, which is twice the legal limit to drive, according to officials.

Riley, who was arraigned at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Tuesday afternoon, was charged with one felony count of aggravated DUI, causing an accidental death, two misdemeanor DUI violations, two citations for operating a motor vehicle without insurance and not yielding for a pedestrian in a roadway. Riley's bond was set at $200,000. 

Editor's note: This story has been updated to accurately reflect Chicago Police and the Cook County state's attorney's office reports on the case.

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