The woman accused in a hit-and-run crash that left a 12-year-old suburban Deerfield boy seriously injured appeared in court Tuesday.
Stacy Shapiro, 46, turned herself in to police in connection with the crime Friday, police said. Shapiro was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury, and if convicted, could spend up to seven years in jail.
She has been out on bond since her arrest, but on Tuesday, a judge granted she be placed under pre-trial bond supervision. That means a curfew, no drug intake, no contact with the victim and no driving without a valid driver's license.
The crash happened after Chase Thompson, who has autism and is non-verbal, got out of his family's home on the evening of Feb. 7 near the intersection of Deerfield Road and Beverly Place. He ran into Deerfield Road, and was struck.
The crash occurred in a matter of seconds outside his home, said Thad Thompson, the boy's father.
Shapiro is expected to return to court on April 17. Her attorney offered no comment Tuesday.
While speaking to reporters last week, Thad Thompson credited the public for helping spread information about the incident.
"The public helped bring this person to justice, brought us some immense relief and Chase some financial help he's going to need," Thompson said.
Although his son remains at Lurie Children's Hospital with injuries such as a broken cheek, busted-up ribs and bruised lungs, Thompson said he is "reasonably confident" Chase will pull through.
"I see people coming in and out of here all day, everyday, who have it a lot worse than us," Thompson said from the hospital. "...Our pain and stuff like that... we have it, but I'm worried about Chase, and not what I feel."