The car that hit a child trick-or-treating in Libertyville Wednesday evening and fled had been seen just moments prior in a nearby Mundelein neighborhood driving recklessly, a resident told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.
Garry Devine told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that a dark gray Lexus IS or Nissan with tinted windows was speeding in a neighborhood near Huntington Drive and Hampton Lane in Mundelein around 6 p.m. Wednesday.
“He came racing around the curve and barely missed clipping a parked car. He overcorrected and almost went up on the sidewalk on the other side,” Devine told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.
Devine said that his group he was with started yelling and waving their arms to get the driver to slow down. The driver then threw a beer can out the window at them, Devine added.
Devine said they called 911 around 6:07 p.m. to warn police that the car was speeding out of the subdivision towards Butterfield Road at Huntington Drive. Just moments later at around 6:10 p.m., multiple people called 911 in the 200 block of Pond Ridge Road in Libertyville reporting that a child was struck by a hit-and-run driver.
Libertyville Police Department Lt. Ed Roncone said that a 10-year-old child had been trick-or-treating with several other children when he was hit by the car, described as a gray Lexus or Nissan four-door sedan with tinted windows.
Witnesses said that it jumped the curb, struck a mailbox and then hit the child. The vehicle fled the subdivision at a high rate of speed and had heavy front passenger side damage from the crash.
The child was conscious and breathing when paramedics transported him to Advocate Condell Medical Center, Roncone said. He has since been released from the hospital.
Devine also told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that the suspect vehicle may have had some exhaust work done to it and possibly had some type of sport appearance package.
Police are asking that anyone who witnessed the crash or has information to call the Libertyville Police Department at 847-362-8310. Police are also asking that local car dealerships and body shops be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle if it happens to be brought in for repair.