The 12-year-old Deerfield boy struck by a hit-and-run driver in February has been released from the hospital after suffering serious injuries, his family said.
Thad Thompson told ABC 7 Chicago on Friday that his son, Chase Thompson, had been released from Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago where he was being treated.
Chase’s father said that his son is expected to make a full recovery after suffering broken bones, injuries to his lungs and facial trauma, ABC 7 reported.
Chase 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 the boy unresponsive in the roadway and called 911.
Stacy A. Shapiro, 46, of Northbrook, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury, a Class 2 felony, in connection with the incident.
Shapiro turned herself in to the Deerfield Police Department one week after the hit-and-run when an arrest warrant had been issued.
The Deerfield Police Department said that Chase was struck by a vehicle that was traveling westbound on Deerfield Road. The vehicle, a Ford Escape believed to have been driven by Shapiro, did not stop and continued driving on Deerfield Road.
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.
Chase’s father told the Lake County News-Sun that his son, who is autistic and non-verbal, escaped from their home without shoes or a coat.
A GoFundMe account raised over $50,000 for medical bills and other costs the family has experienced due to the incident.
Shapiro was released from the Lake County Jail after posting 10% of her $250,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment on April 22.
If convicted, Shapiro faces between 3-7 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.