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Boy, 2, Fatally Struck By Vehicle On SW Side

A makeshift memorial of stuffed toys was placed on the 3000 block of West Columbus Avenue after a 2-year-old boy was struck and killed by a vehicle on Aug. 31, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

A makeshift memorial of stuffed toys was placed on the 3000 block of West Columbus Avenue after a 2-year-old boy was struck and killed by a vehicle on Aug. 31, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (STMW) – A 2-year-old boy is dead after being struck by a vehicle in the Marquette Park neighborhood Wednesday evening on the Southwest Side.

The boy – identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as 2-year-old Jeremiah Griffin – was struck by a vehicle about 5:05 p.m. in the 3000 block of West Columbus Avenue, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said.

Griffin, of 7930 S. Kedzie Ave., was pronounced dead at 5:43 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, the medical examiner’s office said.

The incident happened about two blocks from the boy’s home.

Police said the driver stayed on the scene and nobody else was injured.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, the medical examiner’s office said.

The police Major Accident Investigation Unit is investigating.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)