KANKAKEE, IL- The daily-journal.com reported that police are investigating a fatal accident that appears to be a hit-and-run. The crash took place on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The victim was identified as Anthony Stewart, 40.*
Stewart was found on the roadway at about 1:38 in the morning on North Chicago Avenue.
Stewart was declared dead at the scene of the crash. The autopsy reports are still under investigation.
Police have not located the vehicle that hit Stewart. Another person was hit and found on the sidewalk with injuries from a battery that werenot life-threatening. Theinjured person was taken to the PreseneSt. Mary’s Hospital.
Police are still looking to determine if the two incidents are related.
Pedestrians and cyclists are often the victims of hit-and-run accidents. When vehicles strike pedestrians, the vehicle is often left with minimal or no damage making it possible for the driver to flee the scene. Many pedestrian incidents take place at night when visibility is low. In these situations, if there are no witnesses, a panicked driver may feel that they can get away without any legal repercussions. Sadly, it is also the case that the driver who strikes a pedestrian may be the best and only chance that pedestrian has of getting help.
Hit-and-run crashes have reached the highest ever recorded levels in the United States and have been referred to in some areas as an epidemic. States have tried increasing penalties to deter drivers from fleeing the scene of crashes, but too many drivers still get away without ever being apprehended and charged for the crime.
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