Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Pedestrian in West Englewood, Abandons the Car

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The 6400 block of South Ashland. Image: Google Street View

Police are searching for the motorist who fatally struck a 48-year-old man in the West Englewood neighborhood, fled the scene, and then abandoned the car nearby.

On Tuesday night around 9:15 p.m., the pedestrian was walking west on 64th Street across Ashland Avenue, when the southbound motorist struck him and continued driving, according to Officer Janel Sedevic from New Affairs. The victim was transported to Christ Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Sedevic said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the man as Leon Radcliff, of west-suburban Forest Park.

The car, a dark-colored Nissan Altima sedan, was later found abandoned on the 6500 block of South Laflin Avenue, a few blocks southeast, Sedevic said. Major Accidents is investigating.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 16 (6 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 2 (both were hit-and-run crashes)

  • Cameron Puetz

    The way the driver just abandoned and the police haven’t said anything about using it to locate the driver makes me wonder if it was stolen.

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