Surveillance Video Captures Hit-and-Run Crash

Man listed in serious condition after crosswalk accident

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    Man listed in serious condition after he was struck by a red car while using a crosswalk on the 5100 block of West Fullerton Avenue. Christian Farr reports. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013)

    A man trying to walking in a Belmont Cragin neighborhood crosswalk was the victim of a hit and run crash Tuesday night.

    Police say the man, who is in his 30s, was crossing Fullerton and LeClaire when he was hit by a red Pontiac Grand Prix, an accident captured on a surveillance camera from a nearby store.

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    The victim was listed in serious condition at a local hospital and charges are pending against an 18-year-old man who later turned himself in, according to police.

    David Moreno, who works at the nearby Conexion Cafe, witnessed the aftermath of the crash and says it's not the first time this has happened at that location.

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    "There's actually been another incident where a young boy got hit by a car. Same thing, the car took off and we didn't know who it was," Moreno said.

    Nearby resident Joe Pacheco agrees the crosswalk is dangerous.

    "People go by like 40 mph, so we need a stop over here or something," Pacheco said.

    A few blocks away and about 90 minutes later, a 17-year-old girl was also injured in a hit-and-run crash.

    The teen was using a crosswalk on the 3700 block of West Fullerton Avenue, near North Lawndale Avenue, when she was hit by a black pickup, a police spokesperson said.

    The driver of the truck did not stop and headed south on Lawndale.

    "Her head was bleeding and she couldn't stand by herself, and two other people came and helped her," said nearby business owner Anna Sanchez.

    The teen was hospitalized in critical condition.