Police Searching for Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed Eric Judge, 23, Sunday in Wicker Park

The 2000 block of West Division. Image: google Street View
The 2000 block of West Division. Image: google Street View

The hit-and-run driver who fatally struck 23-year-old pedestrian Eric Judge last weekend in Wicker Park is still at large.

At around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Judge was crossing northbound in the 2000 block of West Division, in the heart of the neighborhood’s busy Division Street nightlife area, according to police. The eastbound driver of a late-model white Toyota Camry then struck the victim at a high rate of speed and fled the scene.

Judge, who lived on the 2100 block of North Kedzie in Logan Square, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:56 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Major Accidents is investigating the case. As of this afternoon, the hit-and-run driver had not been apprehended, police said. There is a red light camera at the intersection, so hopefully the police will be able to recover an image of the vehicle from the cam and/or nearby security footage.

Fatality Tracker: 2017 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 13 (five were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 2

Note: Streetsblog Chicago’s fatality numbers are based on media reports. According to fatality numbers released at a recent Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Council meeting, there had been 14 pedestrian deaths in Chicago this year as of April 30. 


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