CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman was hit Friday night coming off a party bus, on the way into a Blink 182 concert at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.
Matteson Police responded to a call of an accident involving a vehicle and pedestrian around 7:45 p.m., near Vollmer Road and Ridgeland Avenue.
An investigation concluded that a rented party bus, with 25-30 occupants on board was travelling to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre when it stopped in heavy traffic on Vollmer Road. At that time, the driver allowed some of the occupants to exit the bus to urinate in the field.
Once traffic started to move, the driver asked everyone to get back on board. Before the bus attempted to start moving, a female occupant exited the bus onto the roadway and was struck by an approaching vehicle travelling eastbound in the next lane, Matteson police said.
The driver of the vehicle initially stopped, then fled the scene.
An off-duty paramedic happened to be in a nearby vehicle and immediately started CPR. Matteson Paramedics transported the victim to Christ Hospital for treatment. The female was reportedly out of surgery at 5 a.m., and is listed in critical condition.
The victim has been identified as 26-year-old Angela Celmer, of Channahon. Her friends started a GoFundMe page for her to held with medical expenses.
The remaining occupants of the party bus were interviewed and shuttled to Matteson PD to wait for a ride. An officer remained with them at all times due to their mental trauma.
At this time, Matteson Police have limited information on the striking vehicle. The driver and the striking vehicle are described to be a male black driver, 20-40 years of age; a maroon Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, older model, “boxy” style vehicle
Vollmer Road, from Harlem Avenue to Ridgeland Avenue, was shut down from the time of the accident to approximately 11 p.m.
Matteson Police are requesting that anyone with information regarding the striking vehicle contact the Matteson Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (708) 748-5931.