The incident on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago led Chatham to hit the injured boy (5 years old), police say
CHICAGO (WLS) – A 5-year-old boy was injured Wednesday after a traffic incident on Chicago’s South Side was turned into a hit-and-run.
The little boy’s family said they were preparing for an evening picnic together when they heard gunshots and shortly afterwards, the 5-year-old was hit by a car.
“My family gets out of the car with babies and my 5-year-old nephew was hit and run over by a car,” said Carmelita Grady, his aunt.
The 5-year-old boy is being treated for a broken arm and leg, his family said.
Just before 5 p.m., Chicago police announced that the driver of an SUV and a 49-year-old driver of a red sedan were involved in a minor traffic accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway. The 49-year-old told the boy’s family that he chased the SUV until he was 88 and Michigan, and then the SUV’s driver fired at him.
“He said if he’d known the guy was young and had a gun in the vehicle, he wished he’d never followed him, he was sorry.”
Chicago police said the driver of the SUV then hit the 5-year-old boy and drove away. His family said at the time that they would meet for a picnic in the area.
“It was devastating. I didn’t know if he was dead because he was limp,” said Sherry Parker, the boy’s grandmother. “We didn’t know if he was shot because all I heard was screaming.”
Investigators called the incident that led to the boy’s injuries a case of street anger.
“When you drive a car and meet an ignorant person, someone is the bigger person. It is not worth your life or the life of the child traveling with you, ”Grady said.
Police said the little boy was taken to St. Bernard’s before being transferred to Comer Children’s Hospital. His family said he was expected to be fine.
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