Police Search For Driver Who Critically Injured 9-Year-Old Girl

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are looking for the reckless driver who hit and critically hurt a 9-year-old girl in the South Side’s Auburn-Gresham neighborhood.

The girl was hit by a car around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday near 87th and Aberdeen streets, police said. She had been walking with her mother at the time.

The vehicle that hit her is described as a black 4-door, mid-sized car. After hitting the girl, the driver sped off west on 87th Street, according to a Community Alert from Gresham District police.

Emergency crews transported the girl to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to Fire Media Affairs.

She was initially in “very critical condition,” according to Fire Media Affairs.

As of Friday, police were still seeking the car, which likely sustained front-end damage, according to the alert.

Anyone with information should contact the police Major Accident Investigation Unit at (312) 745-4521.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • ChicagoCitizen

    Is it possible that the kid was in the street or maybe they walked out in front of a moving vehicle? 90% of these pedestrian vs car accidents are the fault of the pedestrian, but drivers are usually blamed. It’s no wonder people speed off.

    • Roberta Waker

      If it’s the pedestrian’s fault, YOU NEED TO STOP; if it’s your fault YOU NEED TO STOP. The police and courts take hit and run accidents very seriously. The Rules of the Road states that pedestrians have the right of way; maybe you had better read them. There is NO excuse to speed off unless you’re in a bad part of town with a lynch mob coming at you, in which case you go to the nearest Police Station. Hit and run could cost you everything you own, including your house; and you could end up in jail as well. Is it really worth it? It’s best to do the right thing and stop. PERIOD..

  • HooDatIS?

    this is sad
    drivers drink but dont think

  • Roberta Waker

    Hope they catch the driver and put him in jail. I would be willing to bet he was drunk, on drugs, or doing something illegal or he would have stopped. Sure it’s scarry to hit someone, even if it’s not your fault; but you need to stop and render assistance. It’s the right and lawful thing to do.

  • Dennis Brady

    It’s time for the city to do more safety stops cross the city. It is obvious that there are more and more drivers out there with no license or insurance . It’s also time to start impounding cars .Good citizens have licenses, insurance , city stickers ,have to pay their red light and parking tickets while a huge segment of the city disregards all that and feels traffic violations are “petty”. I would also bet there would be a fair amount of guns and drugs found in the impounded cars.

    • Roberta Waker

      Couldn’t agree more. This needs to be done statewide. There are way too many unlicensed drivers with no insurance and they SHOULD impound their cars to get them off the roads. Instead of impounding their cars the police will ticket them for a revoked or suspended license/no insurance and ALLOW them to drive away. This happens a lot in our area. Ever try to collect from someone that causes damage, injuries and the police let him drive away?

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