ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP, Ill. — A 42-year-old man is facing multiple felony charges in a hit-and-run that critically injured a 7-year-old girl in unincorporated St. Charles, officials announced Monday.
St. Charles resident Brian Quartuccio turned himself in at the Kane County Sheriff's Office Monday afternoon, Sheriff Ron Hain said, after investigators released his name and photo as a person of interest in the case earlier in the day.
"We knew that as soon as we began pushing his face out there in media sources that it was going to begin putting a great deal of pressure on him," Hain said.
Lexi Hanson was riding her bike home from a neighborhood park Sunday when she was struck by a black Dodge pickup truck near the intersection of Geneva and Courier avenues.
She was airlifted to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge in critical condition, with multiple broken bones and bruises. A GoFundMe was set up by the girl's aunt to help raise money for medical expenses.
Lexi Hanson's family issued a statement Monday afternoon, saying her condition is improving and thanking everyone who reached out and offered support.
"Thank you all for the outpouring of love, well wishes and prayers. As far as our Lexi, she has a long road ahead of her but should come out of this very strong, with some bumps and bruises," the statement said.
Police investigating the incident found an abandoned truck a few miles away with a dog still in the back, but the driver was nowhere to be found.
After he turned himself in, the Kane County State Attorney's Office approved felony charges against Quartuccio, including leaving the scene of an accident and causing an accident while driving with a revoked license.
"To have her condition improving, and to have him in custody and facing very serious felony charges, this is a successful outcome for what started out as a horrific incident," Hain said. “Our focus now has to switch to Lexi, and making sure she has all the support and love she needs to make a full recovery.”
Quartuccio will appear at a bond hearing on Tuesday.