Suburban man charged with murder for intentionally driving over a pedestrian in the West Loop, police say

Joseph Verdone | CPD

A Hillside man intentionally drove onto a sidewalk in the 100 block of North Ogden and killed a 22-year-old Edgewater man in the West Loop on Sunday, Chicago police said.

Enrique Martinez was walking south on the sidewalk when a dark-colored sedan struck him around 5:15 a.m. Sunday, officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Thursday, Joseph Verdone, 25, was charged with first-degree murder.

Chicago police have released few details about the alleged crime, but the department quickly told the public that it believed Martinez’s death was a murder. More information about the case will be made public during Verdone’s bail hearing on Friday afternoon. CWBChicago will post a full report of Verdone’s court appearance after it concludes.

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