Teen Killed In Suburban Hit And Run

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.

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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.

  • andrea orr

    my deepest sympathy for the 17 year old’s family may god take your son to heaven and may he by happy there

  • melisa

    Where have all the des plaines cops gone?? Oh right.. What did the chief say to me?? “Well, you can’t expect us to be everywhere at once can you??” Yeah, go tell that to this poor boys parents!! The police here need to start enforcing the laws and it shouldn’t take the death of an innocent sweet young man to make a diffrence!!!

  • Bill Neylon

    Melisa, the chief is right, cops cant be on every street and intersection just in case someone gets hit. No town has that many cops. If you want to get your taxes raised to pay for hundreds of more cops, shell out the cash yourself. Yes its sad someone hit and killed this boy but police cannot be everywhere.

  • escan80

    Des Plaines has some of the most incompetent police officers I’ve ever run across. I’m glad I don’t live there anymore.

  • melisa

    Bill, I agree cops cannot be everywhere at once but events like this occur on a daily basis mere blocks from the police station! Cook County already has the highest taxes in the nation and there being raised again but the number of police officers has decreased in the last 5 years!! So where is the money going? All I’m asking is for cops to begin enforcing the laws and patrolling the streets like they used too.

  • bill

    melisa, I know in my town they had to freeze hiring more cops because there just isnt money there. Its a sad state to not be able to provide protection, I know in my town we rarely see cops driving down the streets but I was told by the Chief that they try to do reg patrols through town but they are busy with calls and those take priority.

  • Ashley

    Choice Taylor went to my high school, Maine West. If any good has come out of this… it is the fact that HE is bringing Maine West together. He brightened the hall of Maine West. : ) Though, I did not really know Choice i knew that he was a very sweet boy. I send my love to his family. <3

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  • warrk21

    Please go to departedngone and Let The World Know that we have lost a Good Life.
    Departed N Gone

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