Woman Killed In Brighton Park Hit-and-Run

Driver suspected in the hit-and-run arrested, police said

Friday, Apr 5, 2013  |  Updated 12:36 PM CDT
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A quick-thinking witness was able to lead police to the suspected driver. Nesita Kwan reports.

A quick-thinking witness was able to lead police to the suspected driver. Nesita Kwan reports.

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Charges were still pending Friday night, but police say a witness to a hit-and-run crash that left a woman dead Thursday night has pointed them in the direction of the suspected driver.

Ida Quintanilla, 58, was taking a walk with her sister  in Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood at about 8:30 p.m. when she was struck by a dark-colored SUV.

Relatives who were first on the scene said Quintanilla was struck in the 4500 block of South Archer Avenue and dragged down the street to the next intersection. She was released when the driver turned right down a one-way street.

"He just whipped his truck around without even yielding whatsoever. Obviously he never stopped knowing that he'd hit something or someone," her son, Alberto Quintanilla Jr., said Friday.

His mother died shortly after the accident at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Someone who saw the crash wrote down the driver's license plate number and handed it over to police. Authorities used that to track down the suspected driver, who was arrested by not charged as of 8 p.m. Friday.

Life was supposed to be more relaxed for the victim and her husband of 36 years. Family members said the couple had finally paid off their home and were looking forward to a more comfortable life.

"She had a funny personality. She was always helpful," Alberto Quintanilla recalled.

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