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Monday July 23, 2012

LATINO BLOTTER: Hit-and-Run by Juan Bello Leaves Correctional Officer Dead

LATINO BLOTTER: Hit-and-Run by Juan Bello Leaves Correctional Officer Dead

Photo: Corrections officer Nikkii Bostic-Jones allegedly killed by hit-and-run driver Juan Bello

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Corrections officer Nikkii Bostic-Jones, 38, was killed Wednesday when a man driving on a revoked license struck her as she was crossing the street near a Chicago area jail where she had worked for 12 years.

Just before 11 p.m. Wednesday night, Bostic-Jones was reportedly crossing the street in the 2900 block of South California when someone driving a full-size, navy blue van hit her and sent her flying into the other lane of traffic where she was hit by a sheriff’s vehicle. The driver of the van then sped off.

Using the vehicle description and partial plate given by witnesses, the list of possible suspects was narrowed down. Police found 57-year-old Juan Bello, who drove a van fitting that description, lived near the site of the accident.

According to state records, Bellow had his driver’s license revoked after a second DUI arrest in 2010. For last week’s crime, Bello has been charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident involving death, failure to yield to a pedestrian, driving too fast for conditions, and driving on a revoked license. On Saturday, Bello’s bail was set at $3 million and his next court appearance was scheduled for Monday.

Bostic-Jones was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, but died as a result of her injuries. She is survived by her husband, James Jones and daughter, Nikia, 6.