ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A St. Charles Township man accused in the Mother’s Day hit-and-run that left a 7-year-old girl in critical condition may seek a trial or consider other options – including the possibility of a cold plea, his attorney said.
Brian Quartuccio, 42, who is charged with three felonies connected to the hit-and-run, appeared briefly Aug. 15 before Kane County Circuit Judge D.J. Tegeler to set Oct. 3 as the next court date. Quartuccio had entered a plea of not guilty July 11.
“All that happened today is we continued it for another status date of Oct. 3 to decide if we’re going to set it for trial or not,” Quartuccio’s attorney Dean Kekos said.
Kekos said he did not think prosecutors would be open to a plea agreement, so it’s possible his client may enter what is called a “cold plea,” in which he pleads guilty without an agreement, giving the judge discretion to decide the sentence.
“We’ll either set it for trial – or just work it out,” Kekos said.
Quartuccio was charged with leaving the scene after striking Lexi Hanson, a then-second-grader at Anderson Elementary School in St. Charles, who was riding her bicycle in the road on Geneva Avenue near the intersection with Courier Avenue.
Hanson suffered several broken bones, a spinal injury and cuts and bruises in the collision. She was hospitalized for three days before returning home to continue her recovery.
That is the most serious charge Quartuccio faces, that “he failed to immediately stop his vehicle at the scene of the accident … and remain at the scene of the accident until he has performed the duty to give information and render aid,” according to court records.
The charge is a Class 2 felony, punishable by three to seven years in prison and fines up to $25,000 if convicted.
Quartuccio was also charged with driving on a suspended license while being the cause of an accident that causes personal injury; and that he was driving after his license was suspended or revoked, after a previous violation, court records show.
Quartuccio was released after posting $50,000 bail or 10% of a $500,000 bond that was set.