Hit-and-Run Driver Killed Dominique Willbourn, 39, in Chatham

The 8100 block of South Cottage Grove. Image: Google Street View
The 8100 block of South Cottage Grove. Image: Google Street View

Police have released photos of a vehicle and a suspect in the hit-and-run crash that took the life of Dominique Wilbourn, 39, last Saturday in the Chatham neighborhood.

At about 8:25 p.m. Wilbourn was crossing eastbound in the 8200 block of South Cottage Grove, police said. A person driving a white Cadillac CTS sedan southbound struck the pedestrian and fled south.

Wilbourn, who lived two blocks from the crash site on the 8100 block of South Drexel, was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center and pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Images of the vehicle and the suspect released by the Chicago Police Department.
Images of the vehicle and the suspect released by the Chicago Police Department.

The photos released by the CPD show a car with sunroof and a man with a white T-shirt and red shorts and shoes. The police are asking anyone with information about the case to call Major Accidents at 312-745-4521.

Fatality Tracker: 2017 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 28
Bicyclist: 2

Note: Streetsblog Chicago’s traffic death numbers represent fatal crashes on Chicago streets. The pedestrian count above is based on Chicago Police Department data for January through July released by the Chicago Department of Transportation, plus media reports for August. In addition to the on-street bike fatalities, on June 24 a cyclist was riding on a CTA train platform when he fell on the tracks and was fatally struck.

  • Jeremy

    That photo checks all the boxes for a dangerous street to cross: 1) Four lanes of travel without the volume of cars to necessitate that capacity, 2) Two parking lanes plus a median to lengthen the crossing distance, 3) Long distance between stoplights/crosswalks, 4) No street lights on one side of the street to reduce visibility.

    8200 S Cottage Grove is three blocks from the alder’s office (Michelle Harris 8539 S Cottage Grove)

  • Anne A

    My sympathy to the family and friends of Dominique Wilbourn.

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