Man, boy charged with carjacking SUV that struck Divvy biker

A Wicker Park man is charged with carjacking an SUV and then driving into a Divvy bike rider Wednesday evening in West Town. A 16-year-old boy is also charged with the carjacking.

Elias Figueroa | CPD

Elias Figueroa, 19, and the unnamed juvenile both displayed handguns and carjacked a Chevy Tahoe as the 45-year-old victim cleaned his vehicle around 3:23 p.m. in the 1200 block of North Cleaver, according to police. 

About three hours later, Figueroa was driving the Tahoe when he struck a man who was riding a Divvy bike on the 1300 block of West Hubbard, police said. The crash impact reportedly threw the bicyclist onto the hood of a car that was traveling in a traffic lane. Police previously said the 16-year-old was driving the vehicle at the time of the collision.

Bystanders tackled Figueroa and the boy, holding them both for police, prosecutors said.

Figueroa is charged with felony aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and aggravated reckless driving that causes bodily harm. He also received four traffic citations, police said. Judge Arthur Willis ordered him held without bail.

The juvenile is charged with felony aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm.

During Figueroa’s bond court appearance on Friday, a prosecutor said the Divvy bike rider suffered spinal injuries and a ruptured artery. He is currently intubated and his prognosis is unknown, according to the prosecutor.

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