SCHILLER PARK, Ill. — A 63-year-old woman was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing traffic in Schiller Park Tuesday morning.
Around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said longtime village resident Regina Sariol was crossing Irving Park Road near 25th Avenue when she was struck a Hyundai heading west, and then struck a second time by a 2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette mini-van.
The driver of the Hyundai stopped to call for help, but the mini-van kept going. On Tuesday night, police said the driver of the mini-van has been identified as a 64-year-old man from Medinah.
“It’s a matter of people taking responsibility and slowing down with their cars. That’s all you can ask people to do, and they don’t. Everybody’s in such a hurry nowadays,” former Schiller Park mayor Barbara Piltaver said. “They’re texting, or they don’t see.”
The victim’s next-door neighbors are grieving their loss, as Israel Arce and his wife Char say Sariol was like a sister. The couple said they’re infuriated that their friend is dead, and say they’ve seen other accidents in the same area before. Other neighbors criticized Schiller Park police for not enforcing the speed limit.
“It’s so sad. I can’t believe that somebody would do that and take off,” Arce said.
The investigation continues. At this time, it’s not clear if the 64-year-old man is facing any charges.