CHICAGO — Police are questioning a woman in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a road construction worker on Lake Shore Drive near Belmont on Friday evening, according to a law enforcement source.
Kenneth Hernandez, 45, was working with a repaving crew in the 3100 block of North Lake Shore Drive when a motorist swerved and struck him around 10:50 p.m., a Chicago police traffic crash report said.
A witness told police that Hernandez was standing outside a street sweeper near the center divider when a black Volvo swerved into the construction zone and struck him, the report said.
The driver did not stop and continued heading north, but Chicago learned the car’s license number and began tracking it, the source said.
A black car bearing the same license plate was involved in a minor hit-and-run crash near Irving Park and Clarendon in Uptown shortly after the fatal collision, the source added.
Police finally located the vehicle shortly after 1 a.m. when it was involved in a single-car crash in the 2900 block of West Lawrence in Ravenswood Manor.
A woman who was allegedly driving the vehicle was taken into custody. No further details about her were immediately available. The Lake Shore Drive crash report said the Volvo involved in the fatal hit-and-run is registered to a 48-year-old woman with a home address in Grand Crossing.
Investigators were working to build enough evidence to prove that the woman arrested at the Lawrence Avenue crash scene was behind the wheel when the car struck Hernandez and determine if she was involved in any other collisions.