Senior Struck Nearly Two Months Ago by Hit-and-Run Driver Has Died

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The 4000 block of West Congress. Image: Google Street View

An 80-year-old man died early last Thursday from injuries sustained almost two months ago, when he was struck by a motorist who fled the scene.

On Monday, January 18, at 8:24 a.m., Jessie Tanner was struck on the 4000 block of West Congress in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, according to authorities. The driver left the crash scene, and the vehicle was later found abandoned on the 1800 block of South Karlov, police said.

Tanner, who lived on the same block where the crash occurred, was transported to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, according to the police. He was eventually transferred to RML Specialty Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:50 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy found that he died from complications from his crash injuries, the medical examiner’s office said.

The motorist has not yet been apprehended, according to the police.

Fatality Tracker: 2016 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 8 (three were hit-and-run crashes)


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