According to the Twitter feed of Sun-Times photojournalist Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere, on Tuesday night he witnessed a car speed up and hit a 69-year-old woman crossing Broadway in a crosswalk at Winona.
He stopped and reported it immediately after seeing what had happened. The woman was taken away in an ambulance. Sadly, he later reported,
"Overheard the officer on a phone call say this was a Hit and Run fatality. The woman didn’t make it."
Detectives were on the scene afterward and took his statement.
We are hopeful that there are enough cameras in the area that the car that hit the woman, and its driver, can be identified.
Such a tragedy for someone's life to end this way.
"As a lot of you know I cover this stuff a lot for the @Suntimes, but it’s a different perspective to actually witness it and be a part of the story. I can’t detach myself like I’m normally able to do. I’ve seen a lot of shit over the years but this might be something that sticks.
Thank you for your kind words and support, but let's keep this woman's family in our thoughts too."
UPDATE: Our friends at CWBChicago have a story up with the victim's identity and more details, including a description of the vehicle. Please let CPD know if you have any information that will help solve this crime. --UU