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Man charged in hit and run death of Cook County correctional officer

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A man has been charged in Wednesday night's hit and run death of a Cook County correctional officer.

Juan Bello, of the 2900 block of W. 25th Street, charged with reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.

Bello, 57, was driving on a revoked license, officials said.

Nikkii Bostic-Jones, 37, was hit about 10:50 p.m. Wednesday as she crossed the street outside the jail on her way to work, officials said.

Bostic-Jones was thrown into the southbound lane, where she was hit by and pinned under a sheriff's car, county sheriff officials said. Police had the possible make and model and a partial license plate number of the full-size van that hit her . Using data­bases, they located a similar van nearby, owned by a man who lives near the jail, source said.

Evidence on the van appeared to link it to the crash, sources said.

"They took a great person's life," her sister, Andrell Bostic, 28, said as tears welled in her eyes. "She's all we had. It's just not real."

The correctional officer died at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Friends, family and co-workers lined up outside the hospital as her body, wrapped in a white blanket, was wheeled to an ambulance. She was taken to the county medical examiner's office.

"She was a great person — a very loving person," said her husband, James Jones. They were married for seven years, but he had known her for 25 years.

Bostic-Jones worked an overnight shift because wanted to have her days free for her young daughter.

Her husband said she wanted to make sure she continued working to keep her family together, especially since her mother died from cancer three years ago. "She was all about family time," he said, adding that she loved being with her 6-year-old daughter.

Bostic-Jones also loved sports.

"She was swimming every day," he said. "She loved biking, motorcycles and sports."

She was even looking forward to watching the Summer Olympics at their home in Plainfield.

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