UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The driver who left two Chinese businessmen to die on the side of a busy east side road says he’s guilty.
23-year-old Tyler McCullough pleaded guilty today. The victims, 27-year-old Weixue Liu and 36-year-old Zhang Xin were out walking from the Clock Tower Resort to the Red Roof Inn on December 16, 2013 when they were hit on East State Street. Lin died that night and Xin died weeks later on January 3, 2014.
Police say they found traces of hair from the two victims on the suspect’s SUV. He’ll be sentenced on October 23.
UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A Belvidere man has now also been charged in connection to a hit-and-run accident that killed two Chinese men.
This morning a grand jury indicted 22-year-old Tyler McCullough with two counts of failure to report an accident involving death after leaving the scene.
Two men out of four walking were hit late December 16 in the 7600 block of East State Street. They were walking from the Clock Tower Resort to the Red Roof Inn when they were hit by the SUV McCullough was driving.
27-year-old Weixue Liu died that night. 36-year-old Zhang Xin died weeks later on January 3. The men were in the area to start working at UTC Aerospace.
Police searched for the suspect GMC Jimmy, which led them to charge the owner of the vehicle, 50-year-old Dean McCullough of Belvidere, with failure to report an accident, no insurance and obstructing justice a few days later.
Tyler McCullough remains in Winnebago County Jail on $1 million bond. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.
UPDATE: Rockford Police say they've caught a suspect in Monday night's hit and run on East State street that killed one man and gravely injured another.
Police say it was thanks to a tip they arrested 49-year-old Dean McCullough. They found a maroon GMC Jimmy in McCullough's garage in the 2100 block of Pengate Parkway in Belvidere. Just as investigators thought, the SUV had significant front-end and passenger side damage.
27-year-old Weixue Liu was killed and police say the second person, 36-year-old Zhang Xin, is not expected to survive after being hit while crossing East State Street on Monday night when walking to their hotel.
McCullough's been charged with failure to make notification of motor vehicle accident and failure of registered owner to maintain liability insurance. The case is still under investigation.
He is being held on a $500,000 bond.
UPDATE: After a hit and run left one man dead and another man in grave condition, police are now looking for what they believe to be a 1999-2001 GMC Jimmy SUV. Police say the vehicle may be maroon in color or have an after-market maroon colored front spoiler. The car will likely have front end and passenger side damage and is said to be missing its passenger side door mirror. If you have any information, please call police at 815-987-5824 or Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.
UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – One man is dead with another fighting for his life after a hit and run accident outside of Rockford’s busiest hotels.
27-year-old Weixue Liu was hit and killed by an SUV while walking to the Red Roof Inn near East State Street. An autopsy shows blunt trauma to the head and necked killed Liu.
Police say he and three other men were walking on the north side of East State just west of the I-90 overpass when they were hit. They were walking to the Red Roof after being dropped off by a bus at the Clocktower. They were here from China and were here to work at UTC
Aerospace. Employees at nearby hotels say they see people walking near the busy East State Street often.
“Around here, exactly in the hotel there’s a lot of people who go to Burger King or cross the street to Walmart. It’s scary to hear that,” said Mirna Ogda, an employee at Red Roof Inn.
The second victim is identified as 36-year-old Zhang Xin, Rockford Police say he is not expected to survive. Two other were uninjured. Police are looking for a dark colored late 90’s to early 2000’s GMC Jimmy SUV. So far this year, there have been six fatal hit and runs. Two are still unsolved.
Currently there are no sidewalks where the men were hit, on the north side of East State. We’re told there eventually will be under a larger county project. City leaders say they’ve been requiring developers to put in sidewalks as they build . There is a sidewalk in front of the Clock Tower. We were there today but you can’t see it because it’s covered in snow.
If you have any information, please call police at 815-987-5824 or Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867
UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR)-- The Coroner's office says 27-year-old Weixue Liu was the man killed Monday night from a hit and run along East State Street.
His autopsy showed his cause of death was blunt trauma to the head and neck due to a motor vehicle vs. pedestrian crash.
Liu and three other men from China were in Rockford on a business trip for UTC Aerospace. The men were walking to their hotel from the Clock Tower.
ROCKFORD (WIFR)-- One man is dead while another man remains in critical condition after a hit and run around 9:20 Monday night.
Four men were walking along East State Street just west of the I-90 overpass when two of the men were hit by a car.
Police say the car that hit them is a dark colored General Motors SUV. The other two men were not injured.
The men had just gotten off of a bus at the Clock Tower and were walking towards their hotel.
Police had closed off the section of the road where to further investigate the crash, however it has be reopened.
The names of the victims are being withheld at the time.