Elderly Man Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in Niles, Illinois

NILES, IL- Patch.com writes that a driver struck and killed an elderly man as he crossed the street in Niles on Thursday, December 27, 2019. The incident occurred at the intersection of Betty Terrace and Greenwood Avenue at about 6:24 in the evening. The victim was crossing Greenwood when he was killed.*

Witnesses statedthat other vehicles stopped to allow the man to cross the street, but a vehicle that was described as either a white pickup truck or a white SUV hit the victim and then fled the scene, driving away heading north on Greenwood. Thevehicle that hit the victim was rear-ended by another vehicle immediately after the accident. The driver of the second vehicle remained at the accident site andattempted to render aid to the man.

The victim, who was identified as 72-year-old Michael Potwora from Niles, was rushed to the Lutheran General Hospital. At about 7 p.m., Potwora was declared dead.

The roadway was closed while the crash scene was investigated.

Hit-and-run crashes take place every day across the country, and while many of these accidents only cause damage to property, some of them cause severe injuries, and others are deadly. Pedestrians and cyclists tend to be the most common victimsof deadly hit-and-run accidents, in part because when vehicles collide with other vehicles, the damage makes feeling the scene and remaining inconspicuous more difficult. Drivers sometimes flee out of panic, but in many cases, drivers are aware of the fact that they are in violation of a traffic-relatedlaw because they are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or driving on a suspended license. These drivers may feel the risk of fleeing is worth taking to avoid the higher legal penalties.

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