A 12-year-old boy was critically injured after being struck by a vehicle that fled the scene in Deerfield Friday evening.
The Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Department and Deerfield Police Department responded around 7:10 p.m. Friday to Deerfield Road and Beverly Place for a report of a person found down on the ground.
The Deerfield Police Department said that the boy was struck by a vehicle that was traveling westbound on Deerfield Road. The vehicle did not stop and continued driving on Deerfield Road.
A person driving by found the 12-year-old boy unresponsive in the roadway and called 911.
Paramedics transported the critically injured boy to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. The boy was then transferred by a medical helicopter to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Police officials said that the vehicle is believed to be a 2013-2016 Ford Escape with an SEL or Titanium trim package. The vehicle may have extensive damage to the passenger side headlight assembly, fender and grill.
The Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) was called to assist Deerfield police with the investigation. Police officers were seen using a drone at the scene to reconstruct the crash.
The incident remains under investigation by the Deerfield Police Department and Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Deerfield Police Department at 847-945-8636.