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63-year-old grandmother dies after being run over, dragged in her own driveway by hit-and-run vehicle in Zion

Nancy Ezell, 63, of Zion, died Friday evening nearly a week after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in her own driveway, according to her family.

A 63-year-old grandmother has died nearly a week after she was run over and dragged by a car after its occupants were having sex in her driveway in Zion, her family said.

The Zion Police Department and Zion Fire-Rescue Department responded around 9:49 a.m. December 7 to the 2200 block of Elisha Avenue in Zion for a report of a hit-and-run crash.

Nancy Ezell, 63, of Zion, was struck by an older model gray Honda Civic sedan and then dragged before the car fled the scene.

Ezell’s family told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that the 63-year-old woman and her adult granddaughter noticed the Honda in her driveway and went outside to investigate. She saw a man and a woman inside the vehicle having sex, her family said.

Ezell confronted the two inside the car and asked them what they were doing. Her granddaughter then went inside the house to call police and Ezell went behind the vehicle to write down the license plate.

The man inside the car jumped into the driver’s seat and put the vehicle into reverse, backed up and ran the woman over. Ezell was dragged underneath the car and suffered critical injuries.

“That is when the driver floored it in reverse and hit her to prevent her from getting the license plate numbers, dragged her out into the street, put it in drive, went over her again and sped away,” one of Ezell’s family members said.

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A woman is transferred from a Zion ambulance to a Flight For Life medical helicopter Saturday morning | Photo: Zion Fire-Rescue Department.

A Flight For Life medical helicopter was called to the scene and Ezell was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. Nearly one week after the crash, Ezell was taken off life support around 11 p.m. Friday, her family said.

“Nancy had sustained too much damage to her brain. The doctors told us that the “Nancy part” of Nancy was gone and would not be coming back and that the most they could do for her was to keep her alive with machines,” the woman’s niece said.

Police said that a black male was driving the vehicle and a white female was in the passenger seat. The Honda, which had a Wisconsin license plate and was last seen eastbound in the 1200 block of 21st Street, was later found abandoned.

“The granddaughter had come back outside just in time to see all of this happen and she is just an absolute WRECK over this,” family told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

“She was very, very close to her grandma, who is known to everyone in our family as Nana because of her loving, grandmotherly nature towards all of the children in this family.”

Police have not announced any arrests in connection with the hit-and-run. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Zion Police Department at 847-872-8000.


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