Fatal “Hit & Run” Accident On Oakton Street In Des Plaines

“Hit & Run” accidents continue to be a traffic safety problem in the Chicago metropolitan area.  On this site, accidents in which a driver flees the scene of an accident are summarized in the “Hit & Run” category.  While there are many reasons as to why a driver may chose to leave the accident scene, one of the main reasons is that the driver does not want to be held accountable for the consequences resulting from the accident.  In many instances the driver who flees the accident scene is at fault for the accident.  The driver may be impaired by either alcohol and/or drug use.

A man was killed in a “hit & run” accident Friday (July 20, 2018) night in Des Plaines.  The accident involved a man being hit by a car.

An excerpt regarding the fatal accident, from the July 23, 2018 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Police seek driver in fatal Des Plaines hit-and-run crash“:

Carl Santelli, 67, was crossing the street at 10:14 p.m. in the 1000 block of Oakton Street in Des Plaines when he was hit by a westbound black 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe, according to Des Plaines police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The Hyundai drove off after the crash.

Santelli, who lived in Des Plaines, died after being taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of his accident injuries.  A subsequent autopsy revealed he died from accident injuries due to the accident.

Those with information concerning this fatal crash are asked to call the Des Plaines Police Department at (847) 391-5400.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Des Plaines “hit & run” crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the July 23 Daily Herald article titled “Des Plaines police search for driver in deadly hit-and-run crash.”


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