Wilmette, IL (February 2, 2020) – The woman who was killed in a hit-and-run collision in Wilmette, Illinois on Wednesday, January 29th, was recently identified. Jenny Gaston, 45, of Zion, Illinois was walking across the road near the intersection of Greenwood Avenue and Sheridan Road when she was struck by a vehicle. The driver fled the scene of the accident.
Waukegan police officials responded to render aid to Gaston. She was found lying on the roadway at around 5:40 p.m. Gaston was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Illinois where she was later pronounced dead.
Officials believe a dark-colored SUV was involved in the accident. An ongoing investigation into the crash is currently in progress.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jenny Gaston at this time.
Deadly Hit-&-Run Accidents in Illinois
Drivers who flee the scene of a crash are committing a crime. These accidents overwhelmingly impact pedestrians who are unable to seek needed medical treatment. In fact, nearly 65 percent of people killed in hit-and-runs are pedestrians.
An estimated 682,000 hit-and-run crashes are reported each year across the country. Since 2009, the rate of hit-and-run crashes has increased by 7.2 percent each year. In some cases, surviving family members may be able to pursue lost compensation with the help of an Illinois pedestrian injury lawyer.
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