A 2-year-old who sprang from her great-grandmother’s grasp as they headed to a daycare center this morning was hit and killed by a car whose possibly drunken driver had just blown a stop sign, police said.
The wreck happened around 6:25 a.m. in the 5700 block of South Morgan Street as the toddler, relative and an infant in a stroller were on their way to a nearby daycare center to drop off the toddler, according to Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli. Famly members said the relative was the girl's great-grandmother, Pamela Thompson, and the infant was the girl's 1-year-old brother.
The great-grandmother was pushing the stroller with the infant, and was holding the girl's hand when she spotted a northbound 1999 Chrysler Concorde bearing down on them after it went through a stop sign.
Thompson told WGN-TV the car seemed to come out of nowhere.
“She did her best to move all of them out of the path of the vehicle,’’ Mirabelli said. “She attempted to move the stroller out, but apparently, the 2-year-old sprang from her grasp and was hit by the vehicle.’’
No other injuries were reported.
After the accident, “She opened her eyes and then she closed her eyes and that was it. I knew she was already gone but I just kept hope. I just kept hope,” Thompson said.
“The grandmother is, of course, distraught emotionally, but not physically hurt,’’ Mirabelli said.
The car, driven by a 27-year-old man, kept going and hit some construction horses in the area, before slamming into a parked car in the southbound lanes and crossing over the center line where it struck another parked car in the northbound lanes, “rendering the (man's) car immobile,’’ Mirabelli said.
Responding police saw the motorist running from that location after he hit the last parked car and took him into custody.
He had no passengers and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, according to Mirabelli, who said no charges have been filed.