An Albany Park man is facing murder and attempted murder charges for allegedly striking two women with his SUV in River North on Monday night — and then intentionally running over one of them again.
Police arrested Edgar Roman, age 25, at the 17th District (Albany Park) police station when he tried to report his heavily damaged vehicle stolen later that night, according to a CPD report.
Zoraleigh Ryan, a 55-year-old grandmother from Chandler, Arizona, and her 20-year-old daughter, were struck by a silver SUV as they waited to cross the intersection of State and Hubbard streets around 10:30 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The driver got out of the SUV, saw the women on the ground, and then circled back around to run over Ryan again, police reported. She was dragged for a half-block and was later pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Ryan’s daughter, who also lists an Arizona address, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition.
Cops pursued the truck through River North until it rammed several barricades near the Merchandise Mart, causing its hood to fly off. Roman managed to speed away from officers, but cops found the rest of his truck abandoned on a side street near Montrose and the Kennedy Expressway around 11:30 p.m., according to police.
A short time later, Roman walked into the Albany Park police station to report his truck stolen, according to CPD’s incident report. He was arrested.
Prosecutors charged Roman with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, leaving the scene of an accident, and filing a false report. He is due in bond court on Wednesday.
Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) told the Sun-Times he believes the hit-and-run is connected to the widespread looting that decimated downtown retail corridors this week.
“We have reason to believe that this vehicle was involved in looting,” the paper quoted Hopkins as saying. “Detectives have not made that determination yet. But, there’s some witness statements that suggest it.”
“The looters have no regard for the safety of others. And the driver of this vehicle was driving in a manner consistent with that. … I believe that, because this vehicle was driving in such a reckless manner downtown, that it was connected to the looting incidents.”
CPD records show Roman was charged with DUI in February 2018 and with criminal damage to property near the intersection of State and Hubbard in May 2019. The details of those cases and their court outcomes were not immediately available this morning.