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Police continue search for Aurora man charged in fatal hit-and-run

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AURORA, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Charges were filed Friday against a 44-year-old Aurora Township man in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash this week.

Police said Gustavo Villarreal, 44, of the 1600 block of Dearborn Avenue, was driving the 1997 GEO Metro that hit and killed Theresa Burns and injured her co-worker as they tried to remove a troubled teenager from the roadway on Monday.

Police said Villarreal remains at large and has not been seen or heard from since the crash, which occurred at 5:33 p.m. Monday on Church Road just north of Corporate Boulevard on the city's northeast side.

Villarreal is charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, a class 1 felony; leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, a class 2 felony; and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or injury, class 4 felonies.

An arrest warrant has been issued.

At the time of the crash, Burns and her co-worker were trying to remove an 18-year-old woman from the southbound traffic lanes on Church Road.

The teen was a student at the nearby Northern Illinois Academy, a residential facility for people with developmental disabilities or psychiatric illnesses, who had run from the school and sat down in the street. Burns and her 25-year-old co-worker both worked at the facility.

Burns, 57, of Des Plaines, was pronounced dead at the scene; her co-worker was treated and released from an Aurora hospital. The teenager was not injured.

After hitting the man and woman, Villarreal stopped the car and fled the scene on foot, leaving the vehicle behind, police said.

Police have been searching for Villarreal since the crash. His family, who reported him as a missing person on Wednesday, is cooperating in the investigation, police said.

Villarreal is Hispanic, 5-fot-8, 158 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Villarreal's whereabouts is asked to call Aurora Police Traffic Investigators at 630-256-5330. People also can call Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000.

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