Despite mom’s plea, driver that killed 5-year-old still on the loose
BY STEFANO ESPOSITO AND KIM JANSSEN Staff Reporters July 4, 2012 12:23PM
Monet Robinson, 5, killed by a hit-and-run driver in Lawndale.
Updated: July 4, 2012 8:45PM
Police were still searching Wednesday for the driver of a green, four-door Pontiac sedan that struck and killed a 5-year-old girl in a hit and run crash earlier this week.
Sofia Lucio was putting on makeup Monday evening inside her home on South Millard Avenue in Lawndale when she heard “a loud thump.”
Lucio ran out onto the porch and saw a little girl lying still in the street.
“I didn’t know who it was,” Lucio told the Chicago Sun-Times Tuesday. “Even when I got closer, I still didn’t recognize it was my baby.”
The little girl was Monet Robinson, who’d been looking forward to starting kindergarten this fall. The 5-year-old was hit by a car about 7:55 p.m. when she dashed across South Millard in the 1500 block to play with her sisters and friends.
“As I got closer and I looked down, I realized it was my baby,” Lucio said. “She had a little hole in her head in the front. I couldn’t do nothing but scream and yell and cry.”
Monet was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital.
On Tuesday, Lucio pleaded for the man to surrender.
“If you have any type of feeling or heart ... if you could just come forward and turn yourself in,” Lucio said. “It was a little 5-year-old girl he killed. My baby didn’t deserve to go.”
People who live in the neighborhood say cars racing down South Millard are a constant problem. Some say they’ve called 311 repeatedly to request that speed bumps be installed to slow down the speeders.
Ald. Michael Chandler (24th) said Tuesday he put in a request for speed bumps to be put in across his ward in January, including the block where Monet died. The speed bumps are due to be installed this summer, he said.
But Pete Scales, a spokesman for the city Department of Transportation, said later Tuesday that the alderman first requested the speed bumps be installed only Tuesday — after little Monet’s death.
They will be installed this month, Scales said.
Chandler couldn’t be reached late Tuesday about the apparent discrepancy.
Chandler visited the crime scene Tuesday and handed out fliers offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the hit-and-run driver. But he said the speed bumps likely wouldn’t have saved Monet.
“Anyone bold enough to kill a 5-year-old girl and drive away probably isn’t going to slow down for a speed bump,” the alderman said. “The main thing is we have to catch this guy as soon as possible.”
Monet’s mother was overcome with grief at times as she spoke Tuesday about what happened.
Lucio said three of her daughters — ages 3, 6 and 7 — saw the car hit their sister Monday. The 3-year-old is too young to understand what happened, Lucio said, but the other girls do.
“My 6- and 7-year-old, they pretty much understand what’s going on, and they’re very sad,” Lucio said. “They know their sister is in heaven — that’s what they told me.”
Monet had been living with her grandma at Franklin and Holman while Lucio sorted out “a living situation I’m going through right now.” Lucio said the girl’s father is in jail for a “petty offense.”
“She was a very outgoing little girl,” Lucio said of Monet. “She couldn’t sit still. She was very smart. She was anxious to go to kindergarten.”