Woman killed in Englewood hit-and-run

February 23, 2010 3:27:24 PM PST
A woman was struck and killed by a car on the city's South Side Tuesday morning.

Police are looking for the driver who hit her and then drove away.

The family of 59-year-old Helen Triplett is calling on the driver to surrender to police.

Triplett was struck at around 5:30 Tuesday morning at 69th and Halsted in Chicago's Englewood community.

The Major Accidents Unit investigating the case says they have no good leads to go on so far.

"She was tortured. She don't need to be tortured," said Helen Triplett, victim's daughter.

Helen Triplett was named after her mother, a woman she calls her angel.

Earlier Tuesday morning, the 59-year-old Triplett was walking from her home to catch the bus at Halsted and 69th Street on her way to Stroger Hospital for a weekly appointment. But as she was crossing the street, police say someone hit her and didn't stop.

"Whoever it is, they ought to be smart enough to know they ain't going to get away with it. And give yourself up because when you do wrong, wrong is going to follow," said Larry Trawick, victim's boyfriend.

Trawick was supposed to go to Cook County hospital with Triplett, but his appointment was canceled so he stayed behind. He is left wondering if she might still be alive if he had only gone with her.

"That was my backbone. She takes care of me, cooks for me, cleans...keeps my medicines straight. She lost, she gone and I'm going to be lost," said Trawick.

Because of her asthma, Triplett was recently put on disability but for many years she worked as a housekeeper in Englewood caring for senior citizens. She had three children. Her first born son was shot and killed in gang warfare in 1990 when he was 17, just two blocks from where she was hit Tuesday on Halsted. There are police surveillance cameras on nearly every corner, but so far they only a vague description of the vehicle that hit her.

"They got these cameras here and it's not working for anything. They're supposed to be there for a purpose...somebody should have seen something. I don't understand," said Helen Triplett.

Chicago police are describing the vehicle as a white or light colored vehicle, possibly a small SUV. Other than that, they have very few leads and they haven't had a good witness come forward yet.

Anyone with information on the case should call Chicago police.