Man, 72, killed in Niles hit-and-run crash

NILES (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Police were searching for the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a 72-year-old man Thursday evening in north suburban Niles.

About 6:20 p.m., Michael Potwora was walking across Greenwood Avenue at Betty Terrace, causing traffic to stop, but as he continued in the northbound lanes he was struck by a white pickup truck or SUV, Niles police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

A second vehicle rear-ended the white vehicle, which continued driving north away from the scene, according to police. The driver of the second vehicle stayed at the scene and tried to help Potwora.

Potwora was taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he died at 7:09 a.m., authorities said.

He lived about a block away from the crash, the medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy Friday found he died of multiple injuries from the crash and his death was ruled an accident.

Anyone who was near Greenwood Avenue around the time of the accident was asked to call Niles police at (847) 588-6500.