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Choice Taylor (courtesy: Taylor family)

Choice Taylor (courtesy: Taylor family)

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DES PLAINES, Ill. (CBS) – Des Plaines police continue to search this morning for the person responsible for a hit and run that killed a teenage boy.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel Reports

Police in the northwest suburb say the body of Choice D.C. Taylor, 17, was found in the roadway shortly after 6pm Friday. The hit and run accident occurred in the 900 block of east Algonquin Road, about 50 feet east of 3rd Avenue.

The driver involved has not been located, and investigators have not released any additional information regarding the vehicle involved.

Taylor’s family talked to the media hoping his killer would hear their plea.

“I ask the person to come forward,” Lorene Taylor, the victim’s mother, told CBS 2’s Mai Martinez Saturday. “I’m not looking for any revenge. I’m not looking for any money.  I’m not looking for any jail time. I’m not looking, (I) just want some closure, that’s all.”

Unfortunately, Des Plaines Police don’t know much about the accident. Police Chief Jim Prandini says the intersection was dark because the streetlight was out. It’s possible the driver didn’t see the stop sign ahead.

“Choice was wearing dark clothing, so there’s a possibility they didn’t see him,” Prandini said.

Taylor’s mother says she can accept that possibility, but she can’t understand how the person did not at least stop.

“I truly think that it was an accident, but it turned into a crime when they left,” Lorene Taylor said. “They could have just stopped and offered him some help.”

Taylor’s mother is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the person responsible for her son’s death. 

Des Plaines police are asking anyone with information on the crash to call or leave an anonymous tip with either the police department at (847) 391-5400 or Crime Stoppers.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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