Driver in Fatal Hit-and-Run Sought

Driver hit woman, backed up, hit her again

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    Police are seeking the driver of a car that plowed into a woman crossing the street in Uptown and then reportedly backed up and struck her again before fleeing the scene early Saturday on the North Side. The pedestrian died eight hours later.

    Beverly Akerson, 43, of an unidentified address, was pronounced dead at 9:58 a.m. Saturday morning.

    Police say that shortly after 1:30 a.m., two witnesses saw a car traveling west on Lawrence at a high rate of speed plow into the victim near Sheridan Road. The woman landed motionless on the ground.

    The driver stopped, put the car into reverse and hit her again before fleeing southbound on Sheridan Road, Lt. Jeffrey Hoffmann said.

    "It was cold," Hoffmann said of the driver's actions. There was no indication the motorist and the victim know each other.

    Akerson suffered broken bones, including her pelvis and a head injury.

    No one saw the license plate on the car, which was possibly a Buick, and the driver was not in custody as of Saturday afternoon.