The accident happened March 27 in the Altgeld Gardens area on the Far South Side. Witnesses told police a light-colored car struck a pedestrian at 7:49 p.m. at 12940 S. Indiana Avenue.
A witness said he was driving south on South Indiana Avenue when he saw the light-colored car hit a pedestrian and flee east on East 130th Street, according to police. The witness stopped to check on the victim and called 911.
The victim was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in extremely critical condition and suffered very serious head injuries in the crash. The 39-year-old Riverdale man died late Friday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Police are looked for a light-colored vehicle, possibly gold, possibly a Chrysler 300. Anyone with information is asked to call the police Major Accident Investigation Unit at (312) 745-4521.
As reported last week on Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer blog, warm spring weather brings with it an increased risk of Chicago pedestrian accidents. Motorists are urged to use extra caution and to yield to pedestrians.
Studies of Illinois traffic fatalities have concluded that more than half of all fatal pedestrian accidents in the state occur in Cook County.
In 2008, a total of 135 pedestrians were killed in Illinois traffic accidents, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.