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SW Side man charged with murder for Bedford Park hit-and-run

Gasco Garci/ Phofrom Cook County Sheriff's police

Gasco Garcia / Photo from Cook County Sheriff's police

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A Chicago Lawn neighborhood man has been charged with murder for a June hit-and-run crash in Bedford Park.

Gasco Garcia, 28, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery, according to a release from the Cook County Sheriff’s police.

Garcia is accused of fatally striking a pedestrian 10:15 p.m. June 13 in the 5800 block of West 73rd Street in Bedford Park.

Charles Lawton, 35, of Ottawa, was declared dead at 6:35 a.m. Sunday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy found he died from bronchopneumonia and injuries from being hit by an SUV. The death was ruled a homicide.

Investigators received a tip and arrested Garcia Saturday at his home in the 6300 block of South Francisco Avenue in Chicago, sheriff’s police said.

Garcia is scheduled to appear in bond court Tuesday in Bridgeview.



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