Surveillance Images Show Truck That Killed Waukegan Woman: Police

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (CBS) – Waukegan police are looking for a truck captured in surveillance images that is believed to have fatally struck a 73-year-old woman Thursday evening.

Pilar Ponce died at the hospital after she was struck by a vehicle at Grand Avenue and Pine Street shortly before 8 p.m.

Police say the vehicle — a light-colored Chevy with a cap over the bed and a roof rack and ladder –- went around the block after it struck Pilar and parked in a nearby business.

What happened next is almost hard to believe, but it was all captured on camera. Two men exited the truck and casually walked over to the street where bystanders surrounded Ponce.

“She closed her eyes, she can’t talk,” witness Amer Musleh, whose liquor store had cameras rolling, told CBS 2’s Mai Martinez.

Ponce later died at to Condell Medical Center.

Musleh says when he reviewed the store’s video he was disturbed to see two of the men who had been beside him on the street walking back to the truck that is believed to have hit Ponce. The vehicle drove away.

Those who knew Ponce are hoping the men in the truck will come forward so her family can have closure.

“This is a human life that we’re talking about, and they deserve better than that. You don’t walk away from things like that,” Sixto Robles, Jr. says.

Waukegan police say the cap and ladders may have been removed from the truck at this point. The driver’s side front hood area is damaged.   

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Lt. Edward Fitzgerald at (847) 599-2631 or via e-mail at edwardf@waukaganpd.net.

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