Man charged in hit-and-run that seriously injured girl, 7

May 14, 2019

ST. CHARLES – Kane County prosectors have charged a St. Charles man with a history of unlicensed driving in connection with a Mother’s Day hit-and-run crash that left a 7-year-old girl seriously injured, according to a news release.

Hours after he turned himself in Monday to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Brian Quartuccio, 42, of the first 35W000 block of Oak Drive, was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, driving with a revoked license and driving with a revoked license while causing injury to another person, all felonies.

The most serious charge, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, is punishable by three to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

Quartuccio also was charged with driving without insurance and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, the release stated. He is being held at Kane County jail awaiting a bond hearing.

Police say Quartuccio was driving a black Dodge pickup on Geneva Avenue near its intersection with Courier Avenue when he hit Lexi Hanson, who was riding her bicycle in the road around 1 p.m. Sunday. Lexi suffered several broken bones, a spinal injury and cuts and bruises as a result. She was airlifted to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge and will likely remain hospitalized for some time. A GoFundMe page was created by Lexi’s aunt to help the family pay for her medical bills.

Police say Quartuccio drove off after the crash, parked the truck a few blocks away and ran off. Police said they had been searching for Quartuccio since the incident happened. He surrendered to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office just after noon Monday.

Kane County court records show Quartuccio is on probation for felony driving with a suspended license after he was charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license twice in 2017. He pleaded guilty to felony driving with a suspended license in May 2018, and received a suspended sentence contingent on his successfully completing a one-year probation period, which began May 31, 2018.

Quartuccio also was sentenced to 300 hours of community service and $1,880 in fines and fees, records show. However, he already had been cited for violating his probation in February, with a court hearing scheduled for June 10, records show.

Illinois Secretary of State spokesman Dave Druker said Quartuccio’s license has been suspended since October 2012. Quartuccio was convicted of driving under the influence on March 24, 2007, and Aug. 10, 2012, Druker said.

Druker said Quartuccio twice was charged with driving on a revoked license – in 2013 and again on Jan. 15, 2019.