Police question man in hit-and-run death of Forest Park bicyclist

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Forest Park police said they have a person in custody in the hit-and-run death of Forest Park cyclist Jeffrey A. Schultz. 

"There is a person of interest in the station," said Deputy Chief Thomas Aftanas Tuesday. Aftanas said charges may be filed later today. 

Schultz, 40, of the 1400 block of Elgin Avenue, had been watching the Blackhawks game at a local tavern close to his home June 1. He was struck and killed around 10:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Harlem Avenue by the driver of a Honda Accord, Aftanas said. The driver fled the area. Schultz was declared dead at the scene. 

The Honda was recovered by police, abandoned, in Berwyn at the intersection of 15th Street and Clinton Avenue, Aftanas said. Front-end damage on the Accord matched pieces of the car left at the scene, investigators said.

The suspect being interviewed is not the registered owner of the vehicle, Aftanas said. 

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John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: June 6th, 2014 10:04 PM

By Joseph Ruzich Special to the Tribune 2:24 p.m. CDT, June 5, 2014 A Berwyn man has been arrested and charged in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed a man riding his bicycle in Forest Park on Sunday. Joel Mendoza, 21, was charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving death and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, Forest Park police said today. Mendoza's bail was set at $125,000 this afternoon by Judge Carol Kipperman, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office. His next court hearing will take place on June 26.

Richard Holland from Oak Park  

Posted: June 6th, 2014 9:09 PM

I knew Jeff well, he was a really nice guy this is a heartbreaking story and so senseless. What a tragic waste of a life. My heart goes out to his friends and family.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: June 5th, 2014 1:13 PM

sun times is reporting that they have charged a man from Berwyn with the hit and run. Interesting that he is not being charged with car theft as well. initial reports were that the car was stolen and several reports since have stated the man now charged is not the owner of the vehicle.

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