Teen pedestrian killed in West Chicago hit-and-run crash; police execute search warrant

Police investigating 2nd deadly hit-and-run in days

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Wednesday, July 5, 2023
West Chicago police investigating 2 deadly hit-and-run crashes
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West Chicago police are investigating 2 deadly hit-and-run crashes.

WEST CHICAGO, Ill. (WLS) -- West Chicago police were back on the scene Wednesday morning after a hit-and-run crash over the weekend left a teen pedestrian dead.

The crash took place about 6 p.m. Saturday in the 900-block of Hawthorne Lane, police said.

The DuPage County Coroner's Office identified the person killed as 16-year-old Julio Salinas-Pino of Aurora.

He suffered multiple traumatic injuries after a vehicle hit him, the coroner's office said.

Police said they executed a search warrant Wednesday as part of their investigation, and are speaking with someone who may be a person of interest in the case.

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Police were seen searching through the garage of a home on the street where the deadly crash took place Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear how the crash took place.

Police asked the public to avoid the area Wednesday morning.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 630-293-2222.

Just after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, West Chicago police said they were on the scene of another deadly hit-and-run, and Joliet Street was closed between Route 59 and Route 38.

The roadway was closed for several hours, but police did not immediately provide any additional information on the incident.

The second crash took place just a couple miles from the first, and the victim was a bicyclist.

"We heard this loud noise, and we didn't think anything of it," neighbor Lily Garcia said.

She said the victim was a familiar sight in the area, riding his bike on busy Joliet Street.

Neighbors said the cyclist may not have had a light on his bike, and could have been difficult for drivers to see.

Garcia said her father passed him minutes before he was hit.

"He barely saw him actually because he had no lights, no high vis vest, nothing that would make him visible at such a dark time," she said.

Neighbors said cyclists frequently ride on the road, and it can be dangerous. There is very little room on the shoulder and drivers frequently go faster than the posted speed limit.

"As a cyclist, I have concerns about the safety, or lack thereof, being able to use this road and other roads to get to a path or return from a path," neighbor Larry Granseberry said.

Police said they are also talking to a person of interest in the cyclist's death, and it's possible charges could be filed in one or both of the deadly crashes Thursday.