A teenager is fighting for his life after being hit by a car trying to stay on the scene of a fender bender at a suburban beach park, officials said.
Police said the incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. on Block 37800 of North Sheridan Road.
An investigation revealed that a Toyota Camry had been involved in a minor traffic accident in a company parking lot and had attempted to flee the scene. A 19-year-old man tried to stop the vehicle from leaving and had to jump onto the vehicle’s hood to avoid a collision.
A sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop, but the driver continued to flee the scene. During the chase, the driver turned and stopped abruptly, causing a 19-year-old man to fall through the hood. Toyota then had the boy hit and run.
While the sheriff’s deputy tended to the victim, the driver of another car followed the Toyota and kept the sheriff’s deputy informed of its whereabouts. The vehicle was spotted by police on Interstate 94, and officers used stop sticks to eventually neutralize it.
The driver, a 17-year-old woman, was taken into custody along with two other passengers.
The victim of this incident was taken to a local hospital where he was listed as in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.
No charges have been filed in the case and the investigation continues.