DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Burr Ridge Chief of Police John Madden announced today that bond has been set for a Woodridge man charged with leaving the scene after he struck and killed sixteen-year-old Alex Hunt with his vehicle. Marvin Mejia, 18 (d.o.b. 3/12/2003) of the 1300 block of Tower Hill Road, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Michael Reidy set bond at $50,000 with 10% to apply. Mejia has been charged with one count of Failure to Report an Accident Involving Death, a Class 1 Felony.
On March 5, 2022, at approximately 9:23 p.m., Burr Ridge patrol units responded to the intersection of Route 83 and Central Avenue for a report of a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle. Upon their arrival, officers located the victim, Alex L. Hunt, laying on the side of the roadway approximately 150 feet south of the intersection. Authorities immediately transported Hunt to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries during emergency surgery and was pronounced deceased. Following an investigation into the matter, it is alleged that Hunt was walking eastbound across the intersection when southbound traffic had a green signal when a dark colored SUV, later determined to be driven by Mejia, struck Hunt with its front passenger side and knocked him to the ground. It is further alleged that after striking Hunt, Mejia fled the scene in his vehicle.
“To the family and friends of Alex, I offer my sincerest condolences on their loss. Experiencing the sudden, tragic loss of a young promising life is devastating and I wish them solace and strength as they continue their lives with just their memories of Alex to see them through. I commend the Burr Ridge Police Department for their outstanding work on this case as well as the Northern Illinois University Police Department and the Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigative Team Major Crash Reconstruction Team for their assistance. I thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Louisa Nuckolls and Helen Kapas for their efforts in preparing a strong case against Mr. Mejia.”
— DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin
“I extend my condolences to Alex’s family, and I hope the quick conclusion of this case can bring them a sense of closure. I would like to thank my detectives, who have been here day and night, interviewing multiple witnesses, and gathering evidence. They were determined to solve this case. Thank you to Chief Darren Mitchell, Detective Moore, and the members of the Northern Illinois University Police Department who assisted with this investigation. Thank you to the members of the Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigative Team Major Crash Investigators, and the media outlets that made sure this important story was covered.”
— Burr Ridge Chief of Police John Madden
Mejia’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 12, 2022, for arraignment in front of Judge Reidy.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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