Woman killed in deadly hit-and-run

October 14, 2009 12:19:09 PM PDT
Police are searching for a driver who struck and killed a woman in Chicago Tuesday and failed to stop.It happened in the Pilsen neighborhood near the corner of Halsted and 18th at about five o'clock Tuesday afternoon.

The medical examiner's office has identified the victim was Martha Gonzalez.

Witnesses say that Gonzalez may have been distracted. She was apparently killed instantly.

On Tuesday evening, police marked where some of the victim's items landed on the street after she was hit. Witnesses tell police a blue sedan, possibly a Chevy Lumina, hit the victim as she crossed Halsted near 18th. Moments later a CTA bus also apparently hit and dragged her several feet.

"They said she came out of the cafe and that she was not very far off the curb. She was looking down at her cell phone," said Carolyn Shoaf, witness.

Shoaf was in the laundromat across the street. She said the victim had just left a coffee shop on Halsted. She also said there were lots of witnesses around at the bus stop at 5 o'clock. There is also a police blue light camera at the intersection. The CTA took the bus out of service immediately but the driver of the blue car left the area. Police are looking for that driver.

Neighbors say the intersection where the accident took place can be busy.

"It's a very dangerous intersection," said Shoaf. "There's traffic coming at you from three different ways. It's always been very treacherous around here."

Police say the suspect could be a male in his 30s.


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