Woman Held on $400K Bond in Old Town Hit-and-Run

Bianca Garcia was charged with driving under the influence and going the wrong way, police said

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    Bianca Garcia is charged with driving under the influence and going the wrong way after she allegedly struck 32-year-old Jesse Bradley near Lasalle Street and Division Street early Saturday morning. (Published Monday, Mar 26, 2012)

    A 21-year-old woman was ordered held Monday on $400,000 bond following a hit-and-run crash that killed a man Saturday in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood.

    Bianca Garcia was charged with driving under the influence and going the wrong way when she allegedly struck 32-year-old Jesse Bradley near Lasalle Street and Division Street early Saturday morning, according to police.

    Garcia is accused of driving away from the scene. Officers said they caught up with her a few blocks away. Police said she refused sobriety tests at the scene but said her blood alcohol concentration was .168 when it was finally checked.

    Prosecutors said Monday the DUI charge is her second. The first came in 2008 when she was underage. 

    Bradley was going to get a late-night snack around the corner from his apartment when he was struck and killed. Bradley was a law student at Northwestern University and was expected to graduate this summer.

    "He was a decent guy. He kept to himself. He was quiet. And, unfortuntely, it seems to happen to the good ones," said Bradley's neighbor, Pete Minor.

    Garcia is charged with felony aggravated DUI, misdemeanor DUI and misdemeanor reckless driving, according to police. She also was cited for not having a driver's license, police said.

    "She's distraught. She's very upset about what occurred. She's certainly upset about what happened to this young man. She's distraught," her attorney, John Carbon, said Monday.