Man killed in hit-and-run at problem Near North intersection, neighbors say

CHICAGO -- Chicago police are looking for the driver of an SUV that came tearing down a Near North Side intersection early Sunday morning and hit and killed a man crossing the street, before speeding away.  And, residents say there have been problems with this intersection in the past.

"If you're not careful, the cars here are speeding so fast, they'll run you over flat," said resident Anette Elmore.

Police say the 23-year-old man was crossing the street at Chicago and LaSalle around 4 a.m. Sunday when he was hit by a white jeep that continued speeding away southbound on LaSalle. Police say the white 2016 Jeep Compass had an Indiana license plate (BU3440), and are asking anyone with information to call (312) 745-4521.

Residents say this intersection is sometimes greeted with cars speeding through the stoplight and all too often not making complete stops.

"I'm fearful every Sunday for the most part coming around this corner. People come whipping around this corner and aren't looking at the pedestrians. And I think the city would like to see its citizens safe. It's dangerous," Elmore said.

Some even say they would like the city to be more proactive in making this intersection safer for pedestrians.

“Speed limit signs posted, maybe even a speed camera, so something like the jeep incident here, that could prevent this stuff," said resident Lisa Santos.

The victim in this accident was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Chicago police are encouraging anyone with information about this hit and run to come forward immediately.