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Mother of 7-year-old girl injured in hit-and-run crash suing driver

Lexi Hanson suffered several broken bones, a spinal injury and cuts and bruises

Lexi Hanson, 7, visits with Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain at her St. Charles home on May 16. She released from Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge May 15 after she was struck by a truck while riding her bike on May 12 in St. Charles Township.
Lexi Hanson, 7, visits with Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain at her St. Charles home on May 16. She released from Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge May 15 after she was struck by a truck while riding her bike on May 12 in St. Charles Township.

The mother of a 7-year-old girl who was injured in a hit-and-run collision in May is suing the driver for more than $50,000 in damages.

Jessica Hanson, the mother of Lexi Hanson, a second grader at Anderson Elementary School in St. Charles, filed the suit in Kane County on July 17. Brian Quartuccio, 42, of St. Charles Township, has pleaded not guilty to felony charges in connection to the crash.

The hit-and-run collision happened about 1 p.m. May 12 in the Valley View area of St. Charles Township. Quartuccio was driving his black Dodge pickup truck on Geneva Avenue near the intersection with Courier Avenue when he struck Lexi Hanson, a second grader at Anderson Elementary School in St. Charles, who was riding her bicycle in the road, according to the Kane County Sheriff's Office. Hanson suffered several broken bones, a spinal injury and cuts and bruises in the collision.

Among other things, the suit alleges that Quartuccio "carelessly and negligently" failed to stop or slow down to avoid colliding with Hanson and also did not blow his car horn prior to the collision, which the suit states is a violation of state law.

Quartuccio turned himself in to police the day after the collision. On June 26, a Kane County grand jury indicted Quartuccio on three felony counts.

He has three drunken-driving convictions, has been charged with driving on a suspended license on six occasions and was already on probation in both Kane and DuPage counties for driving without a valid license before the May 12 accident.

Mark Foster contributed to this report.

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