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Man held on $100,000 bail for allegedly striking and killing bicyclist

Ryne San Hamel  |  Chicago Police Department photo

Ryne San Hamel | Chicago Police Department photo

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Updated: June 1, 2013 9:00PM



A north suburban man was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail Saturday for allegedly striking and killing a bicyclist while intoxicated in the River North neighborhood earlier this week.

Ryne San Hamel was driving south on Larrabee Street when he hit 26-year-old Robert George Cann near North Clybourn Avenue Wednesday evening, according to police.

San Hamel, who had been drinking at area bars before the deadly accident, stayed on the scene and was immediately taken into custody, authorities said.

He failed a field sobriety test, and had a blood alcohol level of .127 when his blood was drawn at Northwestern Memorial Hospital following the accident, Cook County prosecutors said Saturday.

Minutes before, San Hamel allegedly told authorities he had been drinking at a couple of bars, including Moe’s Cantina and Rooftop.

Cann, of the 3200 block of North Southport Avenue, died from multiple injuries from a vehicle striking a bicyclist and the death was ruled an accident, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Cann used to ride his bike to his job at Groupon every day of the year, no matter the weather, a co-worker said. The New Hampshire transplant had worked in the editorial department for more than two years, producing goofy blurbs to help sell daily deals.

San Hamel is employed in restaurant sales and marketing, and does volunteer work with charities, according to his attorney Ron Neville.

San Hamel, who lives with his parents in the 1200 block of South Western Avenue in Park Ridge, was charged with reckless homicide, aggravated DUI involving death, misdemeanor DUI, and misdemeanor reckless driving.

He was also issued a citation for failure to stay in the lane, police said.

Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil ordered San Hamel to surrender his passport at Saturday’s bond hearing.

Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire



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