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Police hunt for hit-and-run driver who killed Uptown woman

Posted by allywatt on September 27, 2011

Site of hit-and-run.

Chicago police are searching for a driver who hit an Uptown woman, put the car in reverse, and hit her again before driving away.

Here’s the story from the Chicago Tribune:

Police in Chicago are searching for the driver in a hit-and-run accident that killed a 43-year-old woman in the city’s Uptown neighborhood.

Authorities say they believe the driver plowed into Beverly Akerson as she was crossing the street, before stopping, putting the car in reverse and hitting her again.

Akerson was struck early Saturday and died about eight hours later.

Police say they have two photos from a nearby surveillance camera that they’re hoping will lead to an arrest.

Investigators say the car is a light-colored, four-door sedan that might have front end damage.

This article, also from the Chicago Tribune, provides the location of the incident and photos of the vehicle that allegedly hit Akerson:

The hit-and-run crash happened about 1:30 a.m. Saturday on the 4700 block of North Sheridan Road near Lawrence Avenue, police said.

Killed was Beverly Akerson, of the 1200 block of North Laramie Avenue, according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A nearby camera captured the image of a light-colored sedan traveling south on Sheridan Road, according to a community alert. The front of the vehicle may have front end damage.

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call the police’s Major Accident Investigation Unit at (312) 745-4521.

- Alexandra Watt

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