DNA on Burger King straw led investigators to suspect in fatal hit-and-run: Prosecutor

Chicago police say a suspect is in custody nearly three years after a 63-year-old woman was killed in a head-on collision.

According to the Chicago Tribune, 23-year-old Adrian Segura was arrested this week after a warrant was issued earlier this month.

Police believe the Kansas City, Missouri, man stole an SUV in December 2014, which he crashed into a city bus, a utility pole, and finally a vehicle being driven by Bessie English.

The driver of the stolen vehicle, identified by police as Segura, and a passenger reportedly ran away on foot only to return a short time later to look through the vehicle and flee the scene again.

English was transported from the scene to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead about an hour later. An autopsy showed she died as a result of multiple blunt traumatic injuries sustained in the collision.

Reports indicate investigators connected the suspect to the crime by examining DNA left on a drinking straw along with evidence left on the airbag of the stolen SUV.

The straw was reportedly found with the rest of an order from Burger King inside of the Honda CRV left at the scene.

According to prosecutors, officers also found Segura’s cellphone in the vehicle, which provided photos and other identifying information.

A defense attorney confirmed Segura left the U.S. for Mexico shortly after the crash, but he said the trip was a family visit and not an attempt to escape justice.

At some point thereafter, he reportedly returned to the states via California before ending up in Kansas City. It was there, prosecutors say, that he was arrested Monday before being transported to Chicago.

He faces a charge of reckless homicide as described in an arrest warrant issued October 3. DNA Info reports his bail was set at $50,000.

[Featured image: Cook County Sheriff’s Office]