Teen bicyclist seriously injured in North Center hit-and-run; Cops seek driver

Surveillance image of the actual vehicle being sought by police. | CPD

A 17-year-old boy was seriously injured when he was struck by an SUV at the intersection of Montrose and Western around 3:10 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, police said. The SUV driver fled the scene and investigators have just released images of the offender’s vehicle.

Another image of the vehicle. | CPD

Police said the teen was riding southbound on Western Avenue when the driver struck them while turning westbound on Montrose. The driver kept going west, then turned north into an alley behind Artesian Avenue, according to an alert issued Thursday evening.

The offender was driving a dark-colored, four-door Lexus SUV with a sunroof and mirror-tinted windows, police said. Investigators said the rear passenger-side door’s window was shattered by the collision and the door itself may have some damage.

Anyone with information about the crash may contact CPD’s Major Accidents Investigation Unit at 312-745-4521 regarding case JC-364130.

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