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Published on June 21, 2024
Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident in Chicago's Wrightwood Neighborhood Leaves One Dead, Leads to Manhunt for Fleeing SuspectsSource: Google Street View

A fatal collision on the Southwest Side of Chicago claimed the life of a driver late last night. According to the Chicago Tribune, at approximately 11:58 p.m., a black SUV and a white sedan were involved in an accident in the Wrightwood neighborhood. The crash occurred at the intersection of the 8300 block of South Kedzie Avenue and 83rd Street, where the SUV, traveling south on Kedzie, struck the sedan as it was moving west on 83rd Street. Following the collision, three males were reported to have exited the SUV and attempted to flee the scene on foot, with police capturing one of the individuals.

The driver of the white sedan was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses described the crash as shocking, with a nearby neighbor recounting to ABC7 Chicago, "Heard a big explosion out here, come out here and guy was in the truck trying to get away...They ran out, jumped the fence, jumped my fence, there is blood all over my fence, could have cut the guy." The impact of the accident reverberated through the quiet of the night, leaving the neighborhood grappling with yet another episode of sudden violence and loss.

Zoning in on their investigation, detectives from the Area One unit are actively piecing together the events that led to the tragedy. Charges were still pending at the time this article was written. The police have yet to release the identity of the deceased pending notification of next of kin. The reasons why the occupants one of whom has been apprehended by law enforcement of the SUV abandoned the vehicle immediately following the incident remain to be clarified by the ongoing police investigation.

The community, often alert to the rhythms of the night, was upended by the sounds of the crash and the subsequent chaos that unfolded. Even as the investigation continues, residents are left to confront the physical and emotional aftermath smeared across the scene—broken glass, twisted metal, and a neighbor's fence that bears the anonymous marks of a frantic escape "could have cut the guy," whose pursuit of survival intersected, tragically, with another's final moments.