West Suburban Woman Killed in Hit-and-Run

A car struck and killed a 65-year-old woman in North Riverside, then fled the scene, police say

By Sandra Torres
|  Friday, Apr 1, 2011  |  Updated 6:28 PM CDT
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Elaine Gorny from North Riverside was hit by a car on the intersection of 25th Street and Des Plaines Avenue, police say.

Elaine Gorny from North Riverside was hit by a car on the intersection of 25th Street and Des Plaines Avenue, police say.

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A 65-year-old woman was killed after a car struck her in west suburban North Riverside on Thursday night.

The woman, identified as Elaine Gorny from North Riverside, was hit by a car on the intersection of 25th Street and DesPlaines Avenue, police said.

The car fled the scene.

The woman lived with her husband, Jerry, in a home on Forest Avenue.  The couple were empty-nesters, with a son in the U.S. Navy.

Neighbors said they frequently saw Gorny walking through the neighborhood.  A clerk at a nearby BP gas station said Gorny was in the store at least once or twice a week.

That's apparently where she was just before the accident.  A timestamped receipt from the store puts her there shortly before she was killed.

Two witnesses said the vehicle was speeding and blew a traffic light on the north side of the intersection. 

Police are searching for a newer model, four-door vehicle, either gray or silver with a partial license plate of K97.

Anyone with information should call the North Riverside Police Department, at 708-447-9191.

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