Pedestrian Seriously Injured in Hit-and-Run on Chicago's Northwest Side

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured Wednesday morning in the Belmont Central neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest Side.

The 64-year-old man was struck by the vehicle about 6:20 a.m. in the 6200 block of West Belmont, according to preliminary information from Chicago Police. The vehicle then drove away from the scene. [[467762683, C]]

The man was taken to an area hospital in serious condition, police said.

No one is in custody, according to police, who continue to investigate.

The crash occurred at the intersection of West Belmont Avenue and North Melvina Avenue, an area that some said has caused problems in the past. 

"This street is very fast and it is hard to cross," said Manuel Carchi, owner of nearby Zeida's Family Hair Care.

In 2015, Carachi asked the alderman to push for a stop sign to be installed at that exact intersection, because he said an accident would happen there at least once a week.

Ald. Gilbert Villegas, of the 36th Ward, said he took that request to the Chicago Department of Transportation, asking for a traffic study on the intersection.

Now, Villegas and area residents alike hope this most recent accident brings about some kind of change.

"I hope they do something," Carchi said. "Hopefully we see something this year."

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