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One dead in River Forest hit and run

A 52-year-old man died Wednesday from severe injuries sustained in a hit-and-run that occurred earlier this month in River Forest. The accident left Elmwood Park resident Lamont Beverly in critical condition and he succumbed to his injuries July 27. The hit-and-run occurred on July 10.

He died of “complications of blunt force head injuries” from the incident, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

At approximately 9:23 pm, July 10, River Forest police were called to the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Lake Street in response to reports a vehicle had fled after hitting a pedestrian who had been in the roadway “panhandling,” according to River Forest Police Chief Jim O’Shea. Beverly was transported to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment.

Police were able to track down the driver, a 62-year-old man from Chicago, using footage taken from street cameras and license plate readers belonging to the Village of River Forest.

O’Shea said officers went to the driver’s home, where he admitted to driving the vehicle that hit Beverly. The driver, whose name has not yet been released, was subsequently arrested and charged with failure to report an accident resulting in great bodily harm.

Upon Beverly’s death, the Cook County State’s Attorney was notified to charge the driver for causing the death, according to O’Shea. Wednesday Journal has reached out to the office of the Cook County State’s Attorney for more information.

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