Motorcyclist critical after North Center hit & run; Suspect tracked down by cops

Police said a 31-year-old motorcyclist is in critical condition after he was struck by an SUV Sunday night in the North Center neighborhood. The driver fled the scene on foot, leaving a dog behind in the car, but the man is in custody after cops tracked him down.

Around 7:50 p.m., a 52-year-old man was driving his 2001 Jeep Cherokee southeast on Lincoln Avenue and tried to make a left turn onto Irving Park Road when he struck the motorcyclist who was traveling in the opposite direction on Lincoln, a police spokesperson said.

The SUV driver reportedly fled the scene on foot, leaving the Jeep and a dog behind. Police later located the man by searching the 1600 block of West Byron where the Jeep’s license plate was scanned earlier in the week by a police vehicle equipped with plate-reading equipment.

A woman went to the crash scene to pick up the abandoned dog on the driver’s behalf.

Police said the motorcyclist was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he remains in critical condition.

CWBChicago will post an update when charges are filed against the SUV driver.

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