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Alleged drug dealer critically injured chasing customers who didn’t pay

HannM. Schacht / phofrom Woodstock police

Hanna M. Schacht / photo from Woodstock police

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An alleged drug dealer suffered critical injuries when he was thrown from the hood of a vehicle while trying to stop customers who didn’t pay for their marijuana, said police in northwest suburban Woodstock.

John C. Kurchina, 22, scheduled a Sunday night drug deal at a home in the 600 block of Lawndale Avenue in Woodstook, then took an undisclosed amount of cannabis from the 26-year-old resident and ran out without paying, according to Woodstock police.

Kurchina fled to a waiting vehicle as the dealer gave chase. When Kurchina got in the passenger’s side and the car took off, the dealer jumped on the hood in an attempt to stop the car, police said.

“The driver took off and he stayed on the hood for a little bit of a distance,” Woodstock police Sgt. Chip Amati said. “He stayed on and she slammed on the brakes and he projectiled.”

The dealder hit his head on the pavement and the car sped away, Amati said. Paramedics responded about 10:10 p.m. Sunday and found the man in the 600 block of Lawndale. He was initially taken to Centegra Memorial Medical Center in Woodstock, then transferred to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he remained in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.

Multiple witnesses saw the vehicle and gave a description to police, Amati said.

The driver, 21-year-old Hanna M. Schacht of the 13800 block of Sunset Ridge in Woodstock, was charged with one count each of felony theft from a person and felony failure to report an accident involving personal injury, police said.

Kurchina, of the 8400 block of Route 120 in Woodstock, was charged with felony theft from a person, police said.

Schacht remains in the McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility on $25,000 bond, police said. Kurchina posted $2,000 bail and was released from custody.

If the dealer survives, drug charges are possible, Amati said. “I can’t imagine it’s going to be a good outcome either way.”

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