By Adam Sege
9:47 AM EDT, August 21, 2013
Police are searching for the driver of an SUV who struck and killed an 83-year-old man as he crossed a street near his family's video store in the West Rogers Park neighborhood on the North Side.
Norman Esho was hit by a red or maroon SUV around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday at California Avenue and Devon Street, police said.
The SUV -- which may be a GMC, a Chevrolet Tahoe or a Chevrolet Suburban -- was last seen traveling south in an alley east of Rockwell Street at West Peterson Avenue, Police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.
Esho was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was pronounced dead at 7 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The accident occurred about four blocks from where Esho lived in the 6300 block of North Francisco Avenue.
Hours after the accident, a friend set up a memorial of candles near where he was killed. "For his spirit. It's for good luck for him and his soul," said Janit Pityou.
"He was a very good man, I know him. It's very sad," Pityou said. "He was across the street from here, going to that side. The light I believe was green. That guy hit him twice under his tire. His body was under the tire."
She said Esho was popular in the Assyrian community in West Rogers Park. "He never hurt nobody. He was very, very, very gentleman. Everybody loved him."
His sister and father-in-law run a video on the block and he was in the area often, she said. "He was a very lovely man."
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