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Chicago Man Charged, Held On Half-Million Dollar Bail For Critically Injuring Bicyclist With Stolen Semi-Truck

By Jon Graef in News on Oct 25, 2014 8:00PM

A man from Chicago's South Side was charged with allegedly stealing a semi-truck and critically injuring a bicyclist in a hit-and-run accident. The man, Jason Popko was charged Saturday with two felonies and held on half-a-million dollars bail.

News of the arrest was posted in a brief press release on the Chicago Police Department's website late Friday evening. The alleged incident with Popko occurred earlier in October.

CBS 2 describes what allegedly happened:

Popko was driving the stolen semi-truck in the 3600 block of South Ashland when it hit a 47-year-old man riding a bicycle, police said. He then drove off.

The cyclist was taken to a hospital, where his last known condition was critical, police said


Popko was charged with "failing to report an accident where an injury occurred and possessing a stolen vehicle," according to the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune also reported that a judge set a $500,000 bail for Popko Saturday.