Man, 57, killed in hit and run crash in Stone Park

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A 57-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run crash Tuesday evening in west suburban Stone Park.

A 57-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run crash Tuesday evening in west suburban Stone Park.

About 6:25 p.m., Roberto Cortez was struck by a dark blue 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the 1600 block of Mannheim Road, according to Stone Park police and the Cook County medical examiner's office.

ABC7 Eyewitness News obtained video of the crash and stops it moments before Cortez is struck by the speeding Jeep, which never stops.

"He was crossing over and the car just hit him," said Sherrick Terrell, who witnessed the accident.

The Jeep sustained heavy front-end damage and drove off.

Cortez was taken to Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, where he was pronounced dead 40 minutes later, the medical examiner's office said.

An autopsy conducted Wednesday found Cortez died from multiple blunt force injuries related to the crash, and his death was ruled an accident, the medical examiner's office said.

Family members told ABC7 Eyewitness News that Cortez came to the U.S. 25 years ago, traveling back and forth to his wife and kids who remained in Mexico. He obtained legal status for them to move to the Chicago area to be with him less than a year ago.

"For years he worked hard and he applied and applied to bring them to the USA for a better future," said Juan Murillo, a nephew.

Those who live and work in the area where Cortez was struck said it can be dangerous. Victoria Aragon works across the street from the crash site, at Pedroza's Auto Body, and said she sees six or seven accidents here each year.

Police said the crash happened right around rush hour in the busy area, but they have been unable to find many witnesses. They are also unable to get many details from the grainy surveillance videos. Police and relatives hope more witnesses will come forward.

"We don't wish nothing bad to happen to the driver, we just want justice to be served," Murillo said.

Police are now searching for the Jeep, which drove off after sustaining heavy front-end damage. Anyone with information should call (708) 450-3216.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.
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