Hit-and-run driver kills 69-year-old woman in Uptown: CPD

CHICAGO — A hit-and-run driver killed a 69-year-old woman as she crossed the street in Uptown on Tuesday night, Chicago police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified her as Soyfa Athamanah of the 4400 block of North Wolcott.

Athamanah was in a crosswalk in the 5100 block of North Broadway when the driver of a black sedan struck her around 10:35 p.m., according to an alert from CPD’s major accident investigations unit. The driver continued north on Broadway from Winona after hitting her.

Police said the car may be a Honda, possibly with front-end damage.

On Twitter, Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere, a Sun-Times photojournalist, said he witnessed the crash.

“I cover this stuff a lot for the @Suntimes, but it’s a different perspective to actually witness it and be a part of the story,” he wrote. “I can’t detach myself like I’m normally able to do. I’ve seen a lot of s*** over the years but this might be something that sticks.”

He noted the woman was carrying takeout food, which was spread across the crosswalk after she was hit. He speculated that the woman may have been heading home from a shift at one of the nearby restaurants, which usually close by 10 p.m.

CPD is asking anyone with information about the case to contact them at 312-745-4521. The case number is JG-356129.

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