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updated: 6/8/2014 8:51 PM

Elgin man charged with hit-and-run turns self in

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  • Stephen L. Vaughn, 24, of the 300 block of Washburn St. in Elgin, was arrested by police after he struck a boy who was riding a bike Thursday.

      Stephen L. Vaughn, 24, of the 300 block of Washburn St. in Elgin, was arrested by police after he struck a boy who was riding a bike Thursday.
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An Elgin man -- who turned himself in to police about a half-hour after striking a boy with his SUV -- was charged with leaving the scene of an accident Thursday.

Stephen L. Vaughn, 24, struck a boy on a bicycle around 6:15 p.m. near the intersection of Channing and Laurel streets in Elgin, according to reports.

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The boy's brother told police he saw his brother, who was riding a bike in a crosswalk, get hit by a silver SUV, police said. The boy was knocked clear of the vehicle, but his bike got stuck on the underside of the SUV, according to reports.

Officers later found the SUV unoccupied about a mile away on Terrance Court with the bicycle still caught underneath it, officials said.

Vaughn, of the 300 block of Washburn St., came to the Elgin Police Station with his parents around 6:50 p.m. to report the accident.

Vaughn told police he hit a young boy on a bicycle and stopped to check on the him, but the boy's father began yelling and more people started gathering, so he got scared and left, reports said. Vaughn added he did not attempt to notify the police until after he called his mother, and she picked him up and brought him to the police station.

The boy was taken to Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, where he was treated for scratches and soft tissue injuries.

Vaughn has been charged with one traffic offense, failure to stop and give right of way to a pedestrian, and two felonies: Failure to report an accident or injury, and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in personal injury or death.

Vaughn's bail was set at $10,000. He will appear in court on June 18.

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