Police are asking for the public's help after a 40-year-old bicyclist was killed last night during a hit-and-run in west suburban Forest Park.
Jeffrey A. Schultz was riding a bicycle in the 1400 block of Harlem Avenue about 10:30 p.m. when he was hit by a vehicle which left the scene, according to Forest Park police.
When officers got there, Schultz was lying in the road, unresponsive. Schultz, of Forest Park, was pronounced dead on the scene at 10:43 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
The vehicle was found a short time later, unoccupied, in neighboring Berwyn, and police are searching for the motorist and "working on a number of leads," a statement from police said.
He was at a high point in his life when he died Sunday, said his father, Ronald Schultz, 67, of Bloomington.
“He was a very happy boy. Things were coming together. He was very ebullient about life,” the elder Schultz said.
Jeff had been watching the Blackhawks game at a local pub before he was struck just blocks from his home, Ronald Schultz said.
He said Jeff worked in computer-aided drafting for OfficeMax until Friday, when his job ended as the company makes corporate changes. But he was optimistic about finding a new job, his father said.
Jeff had recently bought a two-flat home in Forest Park and had started gardening, his father said. He was a DJ. He said his son idolized Frank Lloyd Wright and loved Oak Park.
Ronald Schultz said neither he nor his, Veronica, 64, bears any ill will toward the driver that struck their son.
“We don’t hate the person that did it; we just feel bad that it happened and we’re not going to let hate eat us up. We’re just going to concentrate on Jeff’s memory,” he said.
Anyone with information should call police at (708) 366-2425.
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