Charges filed in Logan Square hit-and-run that left father of 4 dead

Luis Lazu and Leonoardo Franco-Salgado (Chicago Police Department, Provided)

CHICAGO — Charges have been filed in a hit-and-run crash that left a father of four dead in Logan Square last year.

Leonardo Franco-Salgado was riding his motorized scooter southbound on Pulaski Road around 2:20 a.m. on October 1 when the driver of a silver Honda Civic barreled through a red light and struck him at 61 mph, officials said. Franco-Salgado, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Franco-Salgado’s wife told the Sun-Times last year that her husband had gone to get his work truck’s key from a friend: “He wasn’t out joyriding, the poor guy just went to get his key.”

Block Club Chicago reported in October that the couple had two sons, ages 5 and 11, and Franco-Salgado had two more children from a previous marriage.

Chicago police released surveillance images of the car that struck him within hours and asked the public to help them find the driver. Investigators quickly identified a suspect, but it took months for them to build enough evidence to secure charges.

On Tuesday, a U.S. Marshals task force arrested Luis Lazu, 22, at an auto body shop where he works, court records say. A CPD crash report reviewed by CWBChicago lists Lazu as the registered owner of the Honda.

Lazu sped through four red lights as he headed east on Fullerton Avenue, according to his arrest report. When he got to Pulaski, Lazu swerved into the right turn lane and ran a fifth red light, colliding with Franco-Salgado, the report said.

He sped away from the scene without slowing down or rendering aid, officials said.

Prosecutors charged him with reckless homicide by motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, and failure to render aid. Judge William Fahy released him from custody with a nighttime curfew.

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