A 6-month-old infant died while being taken to the hospital after a hit-and-run in Chicago on Friday, according to reports.
Chicago Police tell ABC7 Chicago, NBC Chicago and WGN9 that a Chevrolet SUV ran a red light and crashed into a Ford SUV at an intersection in the 6300 block of South Cottage Grove on Chicago’s east side around 9:45 p.m. Told.
Surveillance footage from the scene obtained by ABC7 Chicago shows a white Ford SUV passing through the intersection on a green light as a black Chevrolet SUV sped past. A black Chevrolet SUV clipped the front of a white Ford SUV and lurched to the right, nearly hitting a pillar on the side of the road.
The Ford SUV was occupied by two parents who were on their way to the hospital to seek treatment for their 6-month-old daughter, who was having trouble breathing, the paper said.
According to WGN9, the man and woman in the Chevrolet SUV did not render aid, but instead got out of the vehicle and fled the scene before police arrived. Chicago Police Department said in response to the report that no one was in custody in connection with the incident.
Community activist Andrew Holmes told ABC 7 Chicago, “The most worrying thing is that people are dispersing without offering help.” “Sometimes it shows what you’re hiding or what you’re afraid of. You don’t know if your car was stolen.”
The male and female passengers in the Ford SUV were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, and the 6-month-old child was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he died, according to WGN9 and NBC. . Chicago.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed to NBC Chicago that the 6-month-old child has been identified as Josette Williams, and an autopsy will be performed on Saturday. It is unclear whether the child died in the accident.
Chicago Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
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Other vehicles were also damaged in the incident, but no other injuries were reported, according to ABC7 Chicago.
Tabarus Forrest, whose car was damaged in the crash, told CBS News: “The impact was so great that I quickly swerved to avoid the black car, but ended up rolling my car onto its side.” I just shook it,” he said.