CHICAGO — After working at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for decades, 70-year-old Christine Campbell was looking forward to retiring next month.
But she never made it home from her shift Wednesday night.
Campbell was driving through the intersection of Lower Wacker Drive and Columbus around 12:20 a.m. Thursday when police say a blue Buick sedan crashed into her.
The driver of the Buick fled the scene. Paramedics rushed Christine back to Northwestern, where she was pronounced dead.
Herman Campbell said it was a habit to give his mom a hug before she left for her shift, but he didn’t get a chance to Wednesday night.
“I always do but I was eating this time before she left for work and I didn’t hug her,” he said.
Herman described his late mother as “the greatest person I ever knew,” an honest person with a kind heart who dedicated her life to helping people.
“The world is at a loss since she’s gone, I can guarantee you that one. She gave a lot of love and a lot of knowledge. Everybody she came in contact with, she always left them with something,” he said.
He said he was glad she was taken back to Northwestern after the accident.
“I’m so glad they took her there because if any hospital could have saved her, they would have and I know that,” he said.
In a statement, Northwestern said Christine had just celebrated 25 years working there as a Patient Care Technician, where she was “dedicated to providing compassionate care.”
“CC was loved by her second ‘family’ and we will miss her smile, big heart and her loving stories about her grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” the statement said.
Police said no one is in custody, and anyone with information regarding the hit-and-run should contact Chicago police.
Herman has a message for the driver who left his mom to die.
“Just turn yourself in, cause you can’t run and you can’t hide ’cause the law got more time and more eyes than you do, and eventually you will get caught,” he said.