Family Offering Reward In Lake Zurich Teen’s Death

LAKE ZURICH, Ill. (CBS) — The family of the Lake Zurich teen who died in a weekend hit-and-run is now offering a reward for information about the driver.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports, relatives of Gabby Drozdz say they have already raised funds in her honor, and have set up a Facebook page and a memorial page.

The girl’s family is still working out details, but Drozdz’s sister says a donation account will be set up at a local bank, with contributions to help cover costs or go toward the reward, the Daily Herald reports.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports

Drozdz, 18, died after a light-colored sport-utility vehicle hit her as she walked south on the shoulder of Church Street in Lake Zurich at about 9:15 p.m. Friday. She was on her way to the local Alpine Festival with two friends, both of whom suffered minor injuries in the accident.

One of them, Rosie Fitts, was still shaken over the weekend as she described her friend’s last moments.

“I looked and see that Gabby, she’s not moving. She has blood coming off her face. And I held her hand and I prayed and I told her, ‘Gabby, I love you so much.’ And I prayed to God she’d be OK,” Fitts told reporters.

Drozdz never regained consciousness after she was hit but did not suffer, her stepbrother, Scott Grzelak, said. Paramedics who worked on the teen en route to the hospital, but she was pronounced dead, he said.

The offending vehicle was last seen heading eastbound erratically on Route 22 near Quentin Road, the Daily Herald reported.

The Lake Zurich Police Department asks people with information to call (847) 438-2349.

  • Mike

    This is tragic. I hope they catch this person soon.

  • Roberta Waker

    The longer it takes to find this person; the better his/her chance of getting away with murdering this woman. Someone should see this vehicle – the driver must need gas or something. Hope someone spots this vehicle and the driver goes to jail for life. Our condolences to the family of this beautiful young woman and the friends that were with her when she was run down.

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