$1M bail for man charged with DUI, reckless homicide after Bridgeview strip club visit
BY STEVE METSCH email@example.com August 24, 2012 4:58PM
Updated: September 27, 2012 11:16AM
An Arlington Heights man who had just left a Bridgeview strip club and allegedly was driving drunk when his car struck and killed a Hickory Hills man this week remained in Cook County Jail on $100,000 bond Friday, officials said.
Manikandan Balasubramanian, 33, faces felony charges of reckless homicide, aggravated driving under the influence, and leaving the scene of a fatal accident in the death of Charles Michel, 66, who was walking home from work when he was struck about 11:30 p.m. Monday near Polekatz Gentleman’s Club, 7337 W. 100th Place, officials said.
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Peter Felice on Thursday set bail for Balasubramanian at $1 million, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin said.
Police do not believe Michel had visited the strip club, Bridgeview police Sgt. Joseph Hoenselaar said Friday.
“He was not that kind of person. He worked in the area and was walking home when he was hit,” Hoenselaar said.
Conklin said Balasubramanian told police he heard a thump when leaving the club and assumed he had hit a tree branch or a curb.
Michel, of the 8600 block of South 82nd Court, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
An autopsy Tuesday listed the primary cause of death as multiple injuries caused by a vehicle striking a pedestrian, the medical examiner’s office said. Michel’s death was ruled an accident.
Balasubramanian spent about three hours at Polekatz, and was driving east toward Harlem Avenue on 100th Place in his 2003 Toyota Camry when he struck Michel, Conklin said.
Balasubramanian was found in the car at 95th Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview shortly after the accident, Conklin said. The car was blocking traffic, and two tires, the windshield, one headlight and a side mirror had been damaged, Conklin said.
A man who answered the phone Friday at Polekatz said no one at the club knew anything about the incident.