Eight year old Mariela Crisostomo died early this morning of injuries suffered when she was struck by a hit-and-run SUV as she rode her bicycle in front of her home in Chicago Lawn. Mariela lived with her parents on a quiet street on the 3300 bock of West 62nd Place. Her parents only allowed her to ride near her home which they felt would keep her away from motor vehicle traffic. Yesterday, however, the female driver of a gray or silver SUV violated the serenity of the neighborhood, crashing into young Mariela so hard that she was thrown off her bicycle and underneath a parked car. Neighbors who witnessed the horrifying scene saw the woman speed away from the collision. Police are still looking for the driver.
This story was reported by William Lee of the Chicago Tribune. Read the full article here.