Man, 98, critically injured in Summit hit-and-run

SUMMIT, Ill. (WLS) -- A hit-and-run in the southwest suburbs has left a 98-year-old in critical condition.

Esteban Barraza was struck Tuesday afternoon as he walked to a gas station near Archer and Harlem in Summit.

As Barraza continues to fight for his life, his family makes a plea for the driver who ran the him down in a gas station parking lot to come forward.

"We just want to know who did it and have them come forward. That's all we want," said Angelica Ruvalcaba, victim's granddaughter.

It happened Tuesday afternoon at a Citgo gas station as the retired Indiana railroad worker made his daily trip to buy lottery tickets at a gas station down the street from the home he shares with one of his daughters.

"I just think about him yesterday because he gave me a one of the $3 lottery and he just told me, 'Let me know if you win.' When I heard, I was shaking," said Jessica Garcia, gas station attendant.

A security camera at the gas station captured the crash. The recording shows Barraza slowly walking through the station's parking lot before the driver of an SUV backs into him, running him over.

Barraza is then dragged a few feet before the truck speeds away.

Julius Holland says he saw the accident from his front porch and called police. He said he couldn't get the vehicle's license plate but says there's no way the driver didn't know he hit someone.

"He stopped for a second and looked back. The man was bleeding and screaming. He had to known," said Holland.

The grandfather was rushed to the hospital and remains in critical condition.

"He's real sick - multiple fractures, skull fracture. He had surgery last night and is sedated. We don't know what's going to happen," said Manuela Yanique, victim's daughter.

Police are looking for the person responsible for the accident. Barraza's family remains desperate for any information and hope the hit-and-run driver will do the right thing.

"I just want the person who did it. If you realize you did it, be sympathetic," said Ruvalcaba.

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