$3 Million Bail Set for Man in Hit-and-Run Death of Corrections Officer

His Illinois driver’s license was revoked in January 2010 for a DUI arrest

Saturday, Jul 21, 2012  |  Updated 2:05 PM CDT
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Raw Footage: Corrections Officer Hit and Killed

Juan Bello, of the 2900 block of W. 25th Street, was charged with reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.

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Bail was set at $3 million Saturday for a man charged with the deadly hit-and-run accident that took the life of a Cook County Corrections Officer.

Juan Bello, 57, faces charges of reckless homicide, leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, failure to yield to pedestrian, driving too fast for conditions, and driving on a revoked license.

The victim, Nikkii Bostic-Jones, 38, of Plainfield, was on her way to work when she was struck by a van Wednesday night just outside of the Cook County Jail Complex in the Little Village neighborhood.

Bello’s Illinois driver’s license was revoked in January 2010 for a DUI arrest in Iowa in Sept. 2009. He was eligible to get his license back in January 2011 but never applied, said David Druker, a spokesman for Secretary of State Jesse White. Bello also received court supervision for a 2002 DUI from LaSalle County, according to records.

On Thursday police obtained the possible make and model of the full-sized van responsible, along with a partial license plate. Using databases, they located a similar van nearby, owned by Bello who lives near the jail.

He was then taken into custody and questioned by police.

Family, friends and co-workers gathered Friday morning for a vigil outside the Cook County Jail to mourn the loss of Bostic-Jones

Bello's next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, according to the sheriff’s office.

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