CBS2 reported a 47-year-old Texan and a 60-year-old grandfather were killed in the latest crashes and in both cases the drivers fled the scene.
The 60-year-old grandfather was struck down before dawn last Saturday on Cicero Avenue near Roosevelt Road, where his granddaughter erected a memorial on Sunday. The granddaughter expressed frustration, saying he might have been saved with proper medical attention.
Police are looking for a red or dark-colored vehicle with extensive front-end damage.
West of that crash scene, at Ogden and Lombard avenues in Berwyn, a seasonal construction worker was killed shortly after 6 a.m. last Sunday.
“We believe somebody saw this vehicle or may know who was driving this vehicle. We’re asking them to come forward,” said Berwyn Police Detective Roger Montoro. “We’re positive a newer model Dodge Charger, black in color. We’re totally positive of that.”
Police believe the car has a missing hood ornament and front-end damage.
At least five other pedestrian accident have claimed lives or led to criminal charges in the past few weeks.
Last week, a 36-year-old woman was killed after being rundown in a crosswalk and thrown into the path of an oncoming CTA bus.
Accidents data for Cook County and the surrounding area continues to show that pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents are a leading cause of injury and death in Chicago traffic fatalities. Through September, more than 1 in every 3 of Chicago’s 110 fatalities involved a bicyclist or a pedestrian.
Hit-and-run drivers account for a large portion of traffic fatalities — more than four people a day die in an accident where the at-fault driver does not stop, according to a report by AAA. Each day, another 72 are injured by hit-and-run drivers.
Anyone with information regarding a Chicago hit-and-run accident is encouraged to contact the Chicago Police Department immediately.