NW Side hit-and-run victim killed on 82nd birthday

September 17, 2011 9:04:53 PM PDT
A woman celebrating her 82nd birthday was killed after she was hit by a truck while crossing the street Saturday on Chicago's Northwest Side.

Police say two women crossing the street were hit by a black pickup truck. One of the senior citizens was killed, the second critically injured.

Saturday evening, police said they were looking for a newer model Ford F-150, black or dark blue in color. The vehicle has a spare tire on its rear, right axle.

The crash happened just before noon in the 5700-block of West Lawrence in the Jefferson Park neighborhood.

The victims were taken to Lutheran General Hospital, where one of the women was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon.

Police have only a vague description of the driver who was riding eastbound on Lawrence. He may have been in his 20s or 30s and wearing dark clothing, police said.

"If you hit someone, you need to stop. You need to stop. It's wrong to just hit someone and just leave," said witness Christina Sosa.

It was around noon when police say a woman in her 70s, and another in her 80s, were struck as they were walking across the street in the 5700-block of West Lawrence.

"I was with my dad, and we heard a big boom. It sounded like two cars hit each other," said witness Jocelyn Torres.

Witnesses say the impact sent the women flying.

As people rushed to their aid, one of the victims was responsive, the other unconscious.

"I ran to the lady that was yelling 'help' because she was bleeding," said Torres. "And my dad was with her, and I went to the other lady because she was unconscious. She wasn't moving or anything."

"She was not talking or anything...Someone had looked for a pulse and there was nothing," Sosa said.

Gana Bravo-Segura was in her living room when she heard the impact, and as she stepped out on her balcony, she saw a black pickup truck speeding away.

Bravo-Segura said the driver never left the vehicle.

"I was in shock. Terrible," said Bravo-Segura.

Police say the black pickup may have been a Ford or GMC with a ladder in its flat bed.

Witnesses say the women may have been headed to a nearby hair salon.

"One of the beauticians came out and she saw the woman that was moaning. She called her by her name, she was her customer. She was almost in tears," said Sosa.

The medical examiner's office has not released the name of the woman who was killed, but she is believed to be from north suburban Niles.

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