Hit & Run Accident In Chicago’s Portage Park Neighborhood

There was a hit & run accident in which two schoolchildren were hit in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.  A Chicago Public School teacher has been charged with DUI as well as other charges in relation to the accident.

An excerpt from the February 19 dnainfo.com article titled “Teacher Was Drunk In Hit-and-Run That Hurt 2 Girls On Way To School:  Police“:

A 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl were crossing the street in the 3400 block of Austin Avenue near Newport Avenue when the crash occurred at 7:59 a.m. Tuesday, just outside the Chicago Academy charter school, which includes both a high school and elementary school on its campus, police said.

There are no traffic signals or stop signs at the intersection, police said.

The driver involved in the crash fled the scene of the accident, but was apprehended a short distance away, police said.

The girls were taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of their accident injuries.

The driver of the car was identified as Matthew Lucchini, 26, of Naperville.  He has been charged with drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk and negligent driving.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this hit & run pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the dnainfo.com article mentioned above, as well as the NBC Chicago article (with videos) of February 18 titled “CPS Teacher Charged After 2 Young Girls Struck in Hit-and-Run.”


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