Jury selection started Monday for a man accused of killing a 45-year-old Racine man in a drunk driving hit-and-run crash on Christmas night 2014.

Bradley Hayek, 31, of Racine, is accused of killing Robert Castaneda, and then fleeing the scene in his SUV, according to a criminal complaint.

Castaneda died after getting struck by a car at 9:20 p.m. in the 900 block of Romayne Avenue. He was apprehended a short time later in the 1200 block of William Street.

Hayek was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office shortly after with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, hit-and-run resulting in death, and one count each of misdemeanor and felony bail jumping.

Police, fire and rescue were called for a report of car vs. pedestrian. When crews arrived, they found Castaneda lying in the street, critically injured. He was treated on scene before being transported to Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary’s where he later died from his injuries.

The trial is expected to last the week.



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