Press "Enter" to skip to content

Woman charged in hit-and-run that left autistic boy in critical condition in Deerfield

Stacy A. Shapiro, 46, of Northbrook.

A Northbrook woman has been charged in connection with the hit-and-run of a 12-year-old boy that left him in critical condition, Deerfield police announced.

Stacy A. Shapiro, 46, of Northbrook, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury, a Class 2 felony.

Shapiro turned herself in to the Deerfield Police Department on Friday after charges had been approved by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office and an arrest warrant had been issued.

12-year-old Chase Thompson was struck by a car around 7:07 p.m. February 7 near Deerfield Road and Beverly Place in Deerfield. A person driving by found Chase unresponsive in the roadway and called 911.

The Deerfield Police Department said that Chase was struck by a vehicle that was traveling westbound on Deerfield Road. The vehicle, a Ford Escape, did not stop and continued driving on Deerfield Road.

[Most Read]  Person shot after multiple gunshots fired into Zion home, police say

Paramedics transported the critically injured boy to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. He was then transferred by a medical helicopter to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago where he has been stabilized but remains in critical condition.

Chase Thompson, 12, of Deerfield, was struck by a car February 7 near Deerfield Road and Beverly Place in Deerfield | Photo: Max Weingardt.

Chase’s father, Thad Thompson, told the Lake County News-Sun that his son, who is autistic and non-verbal, escaped from their home without shoes or a coat. On Monday, Thompson said that his son is ‘very slowly improving.’

Authorities said that Chase remains at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in critical condition.

On Wednesday, Deerfield Deputy Police Chief Brian Budny said that a person of interest was being interviewed by detectives and the vehicle that struck chase had been recovered by police.

A GoFundMe account has raised almost $45,000 for medical bills and other costs the family will endure due to the incident.

[Most Read]  Harvard man charged with predatory sexual assault of a child

Shapiro was released from the Lake County Jail after posting 10 percent of her $250,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

If convicted, Shapiro faces between 3-7 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.


Write a Comment