LAKE COUNTY, Ill. — Suburban authorities have charged a 46-year-old woman in the hit-and-run that injured a 12-year-old boy in Deerfield.
Stacy Shapiro, of Northbrook, was charged Friday with leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury, a class-two felony.
The boy, Chase Thompson, was critically injured after he was struck by a car around 7 p.m. Feb. 7 near the intersection of Deerfield Road and Beverly Place in Deerfield.
Investigators believe she was doing about 35 miles per hour and did not brake when she struck the boy.
The boy, autistic and non-verbal, somehow got out of the family’s Deerfield home without a coat or shoes and ran into the road. The family said she doesn’t blame the driver for the crash, but for leaving the scene.
Police seized the SUV believed to be involved earlier this week. Shapiro turned herself in Friday.
Chase remains at Lurie Children’s Hospital.
Chase’s father Thad Thompson spoke to the media later Friday and said his son has a long, difficult road ahead.
“He’s terrified. He’s in agony,” Thompson said. “I mean, anybody with the injuries he has … I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.”
Thompson said the family is grateful there’s been an arrest and they offered a reward for tips hoping to bring the boy justice any way they could.
The $10,000 reward was being offered for tips, even to the driver, if that person came to police voluntarily. A warrant was issued for Shapiro, so the money will go to the person who provided the lead.
“Every single person who helped, you brought some justice,” Thompson said.
The family has set up a GoFundMe account.
Bond was set for $250,000 for Sharpiro. She is due back in court Feb. 18.