Bolingbrook police aren’t providing many details, but they said Tuesday they had credible information identifying the alleged driver who struck a woman and left her for dead on the side of the road.
Bolingbrook police responded to a stretch of frontage road near Lawton Lane for reports of an unresponsive person lying on in the grass around 11 a.m. Sunday.
It was there that they discovered the lifeless body of 35-year-old Tricia Hoyt.
The mother of two, according to police, had been walking along the road Saturday evening when she was apparently hit by a car.
Police say the hit-and-run likely occurred between 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday.
The Will County coroner’s office says preliminary findings indicate Hoyt was killed as a result of multiple injuries, though a final cause of death has not been released.
On Facebook, family and friends described Hoyt as a dedicated mother “full of life” with a “big beautiful smile.”
One post talking about her children said: “Their hearts are broken. At 8 and 6, she was everything to them. She loved them, spoiled them, taught them impressive manners, packed them daily lunches that no single kid could ever eat, dressed them impeccably, loved them unconditionally, and gave her all to them.”
Those who knew her say the New York native was looking forward to spending time with her family over the Thanksgiving holiday.
"Tricia was a very loving person whose life centered around her two adoring children," her family said in a statement. "She was caring, helpful, hard-working and most of all fun. People loved to be around her bubbly personality and she has hundreds of family members and friends that are mourning her death."
While police have not yet released information about the alleged driver, they say investigators are actively and aggressively checking leads and conducting follow-ups.
More information, they say, will be released as it becomes available.