Metropolis, IL (January 1, 2020) – The Illinois State Police are currently seeking information on the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run on New Year’s Day, on Tuesday, January 1st, in Metropolis, Illinois. The crash took place on Butler Street sometime around 6:39 p.m. Authorities identified the deceased victim as Jackie Laird, 48, of Metropolis.
Laird was reportedly struck while crossing at Butler Street. She was transported to a nearby medical facility where she was pronounced dead by attending medical staff. Authorities have limited details on the identity of the driver, but they believe the vehicle was white in color.
No other details are known at this time. ISP is handling the investigation into the accident.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jackie Laird at this time.
Hit-&-Run Accidents in Illinois
Hit-and-runs are traumatic events. They overwhelmingly impact pedestrians and cyclists who are unable to pursue the at-fault driver. Sadly, many victims are killed in the aftermath of a severe hit-and-run collision.
On average, a hit-and-run happens every 43 seconds across the country. 2016 experienced the highest rate of deadly hit-and-runs ever recorded, with 2,049 confirmed deaths. In some cases, surviving family members are able to recover lost compensation with the help of an Illinois wrongful death attorney.
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