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Maine West High Student Dies in Hit-and-Run

Driver remains at large.



    Maine West High Student Dies in Hit-and-Run
    Choice Taylor died in a hit-and-run on Nov. 5. The driver has not been caught.

    A northwest suburban high school student was killed Friday night in a hit-and-run crash in Des Plaines.

    Choice Taylor was struck by a vehicle on Algonquin Rd. in Des Plaines and pronounced dead at 6:34 p.m. Friday at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

    His mother said Choice went out to cash his paycheck, but never came home.  His family went looking for him, and discovered the accident scene.

    Choice was a senior at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, according to a statement on the school’s website. Counseling services will be available to students and staff beginning Monday and into the week as needed.

    A "Genuine, Sweet, Kindhearted Guy"

    [CHI] A "Genuine, Sweet, Kindhearted Guy"
    Choice Taylor's mother and sister remember him a day after the hit-and-run that took his life, while police continue to search for the driver.
    (Published Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010)

    A Facebook page was created in his memory, according to Maine West. Early Sunday, the page had more than 1,100 “likes” and a 100 wall posts.

    One post read, “Choice was so special. He will be greatly missed. He was so kind hearted and sweet.” Another said, “R.I.P. Choice Taylor you were such a sweet guy who didn’t deserve any of this … ”

    Choice was found lying in the road in the 900 block of East Algonquin Road in Des Plaines about 6:20 p.m., according to a Des Plaines police release. Police said the teen was struck in the westbound lanes, about 50 feet east of 3rd Avenue.

    A Saturday autopsy confirmed he died of multiple injuries from a vehicle striking a pedestrian, according to the medical examiner’s office. His death was ruled an accident.

    The driver fled before police were contacted, police said.

    Des Plaines police and Taylor’s family are asking anyone with information to call police at (847) 391-5400, or call or text an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at (847) 699-7867.