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Crime & Courts

Elgin man charged in death of Bartlett cyclist

Bail set at $1 million for Lance C. Neal

An Elgin man faces criminal charges after the car he was driving crashed into two bicycles, killing one bicyclist and severely injuring the other Monday afternoon, according to a news release from the Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon and Elgin Chief of Police Ana Lalley announced Friday that Lance C. Neal, 28, of the 1-99 block of Clifford Court, has been charged with failure to report an accident or death, reckless homicide, aggravated fleeing of a police officer and driving without insurance, all felonies.

According to the release, Kane County prosecutors and Elgin police allege that the afternoon of July 27 Neal was driving a car in the area of East Chicago Street and North Spring Street when he struck a vehicle and fled the scene.

The driver of the vehicle followed Neal and flagged down an officer, who pursued Neal south on Raymond Street and attempted to stop him. Neal continued to accelerate well beyond the 30 mph limit until he lost control of the vehicle and struck two bicyclists in the area of Raymond Street and Purify Drive. Neal abandoned the car and fled on foot. He was taken into custody about two hours later, the release stated.

One of the victims, 52-year-old Sandra E. Sampey, of Bartlett was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The other victim, her husband, received life-threatening injuries and remains hospitalized.

The Elgin Police Department’s Traffic Unit and the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force are investigating multiple elements of the incident. Anyone with information should call Elgin police at 847-289-2600.

Kane County Circuit Judge Michael Noland set Neal’s bail at $1 million, with 10 percent ($100,000) to apply for bond in a court appearance on Friday.

Judge Noland set Neal’s next court appearance for 1 p.m. Aug. 7, in Courtroom 305 at the Kane County Judicial Center.

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