Police are searching for the driver of a Chrysler Sebring that struck and critically injured a woman on a motorized scooter Saturday afternoon in Humboldt Park. | Chicago Police photo
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Chicago police are looking for leads in the hit and run of a 19-year-old woman in Humboldt Park.
It happened last weekend at Kedzie and Crystal, just steps away from the Puerto Rican Parade.
FOX 32's Dane Placko says the woman is in very critical condition, and her father believes someone knows who did it.
"At this point Dane, the condition she's in, it's not a hit-and-run. We're talking about attempted murder,” said father Paul Marzullo.
Marzullo of Elmwood Park says his 19-year-old daughter, Kelsey, was heading to the Puerto Rican parade in Humboldt Park Saturday afternoon when the hit and run happened.
Kelsey was driving a Honda motor scooter east on Crystal Street, approaching Kedzie, when a speeding car smashed into her from behind and drove over Kelsey before taking off.
"Well we heard the crash. We assumed it was two cars. It wasn't until I saw her laying in the street that I realized it was not,” said Billie Bryant.
Humboldt Park resident Bryant rushed to Kelsey's aid.
"I looked and I saw she was breathing just a little bit,” he said.
Kelsey was rushed to Stroger hospital with a broken collarbone, femur and ribs.
"Kelsey was wearing her helmet, but she did suffer a very severe concussion to the brain and her cognitive function is not where it needs to be at this particular time,” her father said.
Making a bad situation even worse, it appears someone tried to steal Kelsey's motorbike after the accident, dragging it halfway down this alley before giving up.
Chicago police say they don't yet know for sure the make and model of the car because of differing accounts from witnesses, but a nearby surveillance camera did capture an image of a silver Dodge Intrepid that could be the car, which is why Kelsey's family is asking for the public’s help.
"A bullet comes from a gun and that's violence that we suffer every day. If somebody's out there targeted our daughter, ran her down with the car, that's a missile,” dad said.