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Vehicle in Fatal Gage Park Hit-and-Run Located; Chicago Police Still Seek Driver

A $5,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible

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The vehicle involved in a Christmas week hit-and-run that killed a woman and a 12-year-old boy on Chicago's Southwest Side has been located, police said Saturday evening.

Giovanne Bucio and 48-year-old Araceli Gutierrez were struck and killed on Dec. 23 in the 3100 block of West 55th Street in Gage Park, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

A westbound driver hit them about 8:10 p.m. in a crosswalk and kept on driving, Chicago police said.

The car, which was said to have possibly been a dark-colored 2009-2012 Chevy Malibu, was found, Chicago police officials revealed Saturday. Additional details about the discovery weren't released.

The driver was still being sought as of Saturday evening. A $5,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

At a vigil in honor of the victims, community activists and local leaders pleaded for people who may know something about the suspect to come forward.

"No matter what race, creed or color you are, this was our brother, and she was our sister," said community activist Andrew Holmes. "Help turn this individual in."

Police have asked anyone with information to call its Major Accidents Unit at 312-745-4521.

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