Early Monday morning, cyclist Jason Hearty was traveling along Route 40 outside of St. Elmo when he was struck from behind by a westbound vehicle.

Following the accident, the driver fled the scene, leaving Hearty on the side of the road. When authorities responded, they pronounced Hearty dead at the scene. According to reports, Illinois State Police have identified the driver as 31 year old Kevin Bagwell. When found, Bagwell will be facing charges of failure to report an accident to police, and leaving the scene of an accident with injury or death.

Leaving the scene of an accident with injury or death is a Class 4 Felony in the state of Illinois, and carries with it a maximum sentence of six years in prison, including restitution.

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