Hit-and-run driver of stolen Hyundai leaves bicyclist badly injured in North Center: Chicago police report

The hit-and-run vehicle enters the intersection of Belle Plaine and Maplewood moments after the crash (Provided)

CHICAGO — A hit-and-run driver left a pedibike rider badly injured in North Center on Tuesday evening, dragging her and her bike nearly a block before leaving the scene on foot, according to neighbors and a Chicago police report. No arrests have been announced in connection with the case. The car had been reported stolen.

Monika Weimer was heading home from the rock climbing gym when the driver struck her from behind, said her sister, Erika, in a GoFundMe.

Surveillance video recorded from a distance showed movement in the intersection of abelle Plaine and Maplewood around 9:33 p.m.

A couple of seconds later, the sound of crashing metal and the woman’s screams are heard as an auto alarm activates. A car then passes through the intersection as the sound of scraping metal continues.

The first officers to arrive found a 2011 Hyundai Elantra with Oregon license plates abandoned in the 2500 block of West Belle Plaine, an entire block from where the crash occurred, the report said.

Weimer, 27, who lives in the area, was trapped under the car as Chicago Fire Department personnel worked to rescue her. Police said a witness told them that they saw the Hyundai drag her down the street and also saw the car’s driver get out and leave the area on foot, heading west on Belle Plaine. CPD’s crash report describes the driver only as male.

Police said the car’s ignition had been stripped, and a screwdriver was found in the back seat.

EMS transported Weimer to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious condition, according to the report. She suffered third-degree burns to her left forearm and back, avulsion fractures of her right hip and left knee, lacerations, abrasions, and a chest deformity, according to the crash report.

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