CHICAGO (TOC) — Chicago police launched images Monday night time of a automobile they stated was concerned in a hit-and-run crash that killed a toddler earlier that day in Albany Park.
CPD issued a neighborhood alert within the hopes that somebody would be capable to determine the pickup truck they are saying hit the 18-month-old boy and stored going.
Chicago police stated a darkish two-toned Ford pickup hit Hermes Cardona-Rios simply earlier than 1:30 p.m. Monday, close to Pulaski Street and Wilson Avenue. The automobile was final seen going north on Pulaski.
The boy was being put behind a white Toyota Rav 4 proper earlier than the incident, in keeping with CPD.
The household had simply completed consuming at Ruby’s Quick Meals when the incident occurred.
“They had been ready on additional meals that we ordered, so I took him out to get him within the automobile,” stated his father, Gerardo Cardona. “I put the stuff within the automobile and circled, and he wasn’t there.”
The kid was not secured into the automobile and acquired out, walked into the road and was struck by a pickup truck, police stated.
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“I observed him in entrance of the truck and I yelled out, ‘Hey!’ however I spotted the man wasn’t taking note of me as a result of he was extra centered on the highway,” Cardona stated. “After I acquired proper to the automobile’s bumper, I noticed it lump up. That is form of when my coronary heart dropped.”
The kid was taken to Lurie Youngsters’s Hospital in crucial situation the place he was pronounced useless, in keeping with CPD. His dad and mom are devastated.
“He was preventing for his life in my abdomen. Now, to lose him once more, it is similar to… I’ve misplaced hope,” stated his mom Jocelyn Rios. “Shedding a baby is dropping part of you that would by no means get replaced.”
Staff on the restaurant stated they rushed outdoors to seek out the kid’s mom holding him and screaming for assist. The proprietor of Ruby’s stated they gave police surveillance video of the crash.
A memorial was rising Tuesday morning the place the kid was hit.
Individuals have been bringing balloons and candles to the scene, together with those that do not even know the household.
“I am out right here bringing balloons and a candle to the mom who simply misplaced her youngster. I’ve a 5-year-old, and I am unable to even think about the ache she’s going by means of,” Cherish Phillips stated.
Rios stated she did not know what to do with out her son.
“I can not see him no extra, really feel him. That is what I do. I really feel him each single day subsequent to me, and that is now gone,” she stated.
A GoFundMe to pay for the kid’s funeral prices had raised over $1,000 by Tuesday morning.
Nobody is presently in custody. An investigation is ongoing.
Anybody with info on the incident is requested to name the Main Accident Investigation Unit at 312-745-4521. Nameless suggestions might be submitted at cpdtip.com.
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