Man Charged With Hitting Senator's Brother With Car

Martin Muñoz was walking to polling station Tuesday when he was struck by car

Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010  |  Updated 2:30 PM CDT
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A 24-year-old Southwest Side man has been charged with the hit-and-run accident outside a polling place that sent the brother of a state senator to a hospital in critical condition.

Jason C. Bergmann, of the 4800 block of South Archer Avenue, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, Chicago police said.  The charge is a felony.

He's accused of hitting Martin Muñoz, the brother of state Sen. Antonio Muñoz, with his car shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday and then fleeing the scene.  

Martin Muñoz, 40, said he was on his way to vote at Balzekas Chrysler-Plymouth, at 4030 S. Archer Ave.

Witnesses noted Bergmann's license plate and the vehicle was later found a short distance away at Bergmann's home, police said. He was taken into custody without incident and charged after admitting his involvement, police said.

Muñoz underwent surgery Tuesday afternoon at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to hospital spokeswoman Barbara Atwood.

"It looks like he's going to be OK," she said.

Sen. Muñoz and other members of his large extended family were at the hospital throughout the day, Atwood said.

Bergmann was also cited for operating a motor vehicle without insurance and failure to exercise due care for a pedestrian in the roadway.

He is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Thursday, police said.

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