Road worker killed in Lakeview hit-and-run crash on DuSable Lake Shore Drive ID'd: officials

Person of interest being questioned: Chicago police

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Kenny Hernandez was killed in a Lakeview, Chicago hit-and-run crash on DuSable Lake Shore Drive, officials said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A man is dead after a hit-and-run crash on DuSable Lake Shore Drive late Friday night.

It happened just before 11 p.m. in the northbound lanes between Diversey and Belmont avenues.

Chicago police said the 45-year old man was standing in a closed lane next to a construction street sweeper when the driver of a black sedan struck him and kept going.

The man was not employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation or the City of Chicago, according to police.

The victim died at the scene, investigators said. He has been identified as Bigane Paving Co. worker Kenny Hernandez.

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The company's president Anne Bigane Wilson, released a statement.

"On behalf of Bigane Paving Co. and all its employees, we send thoughts of sympathy and prayers to the family and friends of Kenny Hernandez. This tragedy, while working in the closed work zone lanes on DuSable Lake Shore Dr, reminds us how important it is to be aware of construction work zones and the people in them. We are in shock and grief over last nights events. We are grateful to the Chicago Police Department for all their efforts to find the person responsible," Wilson said.

The crash comes amid ongoing resurfacing work along DuSable Lake Shore drive this weekend.

As of 8 p.m. Friday night, the northbound drive was reduced to one lane between LaSalle Drive and Irving Park Road.

According to police, the Major Accidents Unit is currently questioning a person of interest, and no other information is available.