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$150,000 bail for man charged in North Side hit-and-run that injured 3

Reth Yiv  |  Chicago Police photo

Reth Yiv | Chicago Police photo

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Updated: January 27, 2014 12:39PM



A 46-year-old North Side man was ordered held Wednesday on $150,000 bail in a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured three members of a far north suburban family who had been visiting Devon Avenue over the weekend.

Video surveillance captured the victims being “flung into the air” when Reth Yiv’s 1995 Toyota Avalon struck them as they crossed Devon near Campbell on Sunday night, Cook County prosecutors said Wednesday.

Those injured were Syeda Biabani, 49; her husband, Qazi Biabani, 68, and their son Faseeh “Sohaib” Biabani, 28, all of Wadsworth, according to family and friends.

Just a few blocks from his home, Yiv continued west on Devon, then made a left turn onto Maplewood, heading the wrong way on the one-way street before crashing into a parked Honda Odyssey with two people inside, Assistant State’s Attorney Maura White said.

Yiv continued home and parked in the garage of his home in the 4000 block of West Devon Avenue, eventually telling his girlfriend about the crash and turning himself in to police Monday morning, White said.

She said Yiv admitted his role in the hit-and-run to detectives.

All three of the injured Biabani family members were hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.

Syeda Biabani suffered multiple pelvic fractures, a right tibial plateau fracture, arterial bleeding in the pelvic area, multiple lacerations and a hand fracture, White said.

Her son suffered a fractured collar bone, a broken ankle and a torn ACL in both his left and right knees, according to the prosecutor, who also said Qazi Biabani might be paralyzed after sustaining injuries that included bleeding to the brain, a broken tibula and fibula in his left leg and lacerations to the head and face.

Faaiz Biabani said Wednesday he was praying for his parents and brother to recover. He said he was “stressed and suffering” seeing his loved ones in pain.

Yiv, who works in a violin factory and is the father of two, also was distraught, his lawyer said after Wednesday’s hearing.

“His thoughts go out to the victims, and he hopes they get better,” defense attorney Thomas McGuire said.

Yiv, who was born in Cambodia, is charged with three counts of failure to report an accident or injury; three counts of failure to yield to a pedestrian; leaving the scene of an accident, and negligent driving, police said.



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