Neighbors of girl, 8, killed in hit-and-run had asked for speed bumps
BY ART GOLAB firstname.lastname@example.org June 15, 2011 7:08AM
Police are looking for a silver or gray sport-utility vehicle that fatally struck a little girl riding a bicycle then fled the scene Tuesday afternoon the South Side. The child -- identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as 8-year-old Mariela Crisostomo -- was riding a bicycle at 3323 W. 62nd Pl. when a gray or silver SUV that was eastbound her and fled the scene, according to police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak. | Courtesy ABC7
Updated: June 16, 2011 4:52AM
Neighbors of an 8-year-old girl killed by a hit-and-run driver said they had petitioned the city at least twice for speed bumps to slow traffic on the Southwest Side street where the accident occurred.
Mariela Crisostomo was riding her bicycle Tuesday afternoon in the 3300 block of West 62nd Pl. when a gray or silver SUV hit her and kept going.
“I heard the thump,” said Ray Addison. “I came out the door and saw the little girl’s sister screaming. She got hit so hard it wedged her under the back end of another car. She was just laying there. She was in bad shape, very bad shape. Her bicycle was mangled.”
Witnesses said the SUV was driven by a woman and that there was a woman passenger.
The police major accidents section is investigating, but no one was in custody Wednesday.
Addison said that for years the narrow residential street has been part of a traffic pattern in which people drop off others to shop on 63rd Street and keep circling around to pick them up later.
“This street is too damn fast, they use it as a roundabout,” Addision said. “They fly down this street up to Kedzie, they turn and come back down 63rd and buzz around the block again. They don’t want to park at the meters on 63rd Street.”
For at least the past two years, Addison and another neighbor passed petitions asking for speed bumps.
“We got everybody on the block to sign them, and nothing was done.”
Ald. Toni Foulkes (15th), could not be reached for comment.
Mariela, her parents and two older sisters had lived in an apartment on the street for nine months, according to their landlord, German Torres. “She was a nice girl, very smart, always happy,” Torres said.
Addison remembered Mariela as “just a little girl who wanted to have fun.” He often saw her riding her bike and walking her two Chihuahuas.