Man charged in fatal hit-and-run of tollway worker

After a three-month hunt, Illinois State Police investigators Thursday arrested a man in connection with the hit-and-run death of an Illinois tollway worker last fall.

Cook County prosecutors charged Christian Andrew Davon Hannah, 26, of Toledo, Ohio, with reckless homicide. Bail was set at $175,000 in the Bridgeview courthouse.

David M. Schwarz, a 48-year-old Monee father of two sons, was hit by a semitrailer truck while removing debris from the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) near 127th Street in Alsip Oct. 18. Schwarz, a tollway equipment operator laborer, was working on the shoulder when the truck apparently drifted over the white line, authorities said earlier.

Schwarz had parked his truck, which was equipped with flashing lights, and was following all safety protocols.

He was married with one son attending college and another son starting kindergarten. Friends of the family described Schwarz as a "rock" for his wife and two boys, a dad who took time off work so his youngest son didn't have to go to day care and who spent hours outdoors to get the Christmas decorations just right. A GoFundMe page has been established to provide a scholarship fund for Schwarz's sons. Hannah's next court appearance is Feb. 22.

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