MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — A suspect is in custody Wednesday night after police say he hit a man in a wheelchair with his car in Mount Prospect and fled the scene.
Police say a man was in a wheelchair while crossing Elmhurst Road (Route 83) south of Huntington Commons Road, just before 2 p.m., when he was struck by a black-colored Chevrolet. According to police, the driver did not stop and continued traveling southbound on Elmhurst Road with damage to its front end and windshield.
The man was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in serious condition.
Family members identified the injured man as Marc Giolli, 54, from Des Plaines. He suffers from spina bifida and is a paraplegic. Giolli’s sister, Mary Tyler, said her brother suffered a broken pelvis, knee, shattered ribs, a punctured lung, and internal brain bleeding.
She adds that the incident has been devastating to her family.
“He’s the godfather to my daughter. The godfather to my nephew. He’s just always…he’s there if you need him,” Tyler told WGN News in a Thursday phone interview. “He’ll give you the shirt off his back. He’ll give you the last dime out of his checking account. He’s just a great guy, you know.”
A GoFundMe has been set up by the victim’s family, who worry Medicaid won’t cover the costly expenses.
Witnesses described the car to police, and officers later located the driver in an apartment complex near Elmhurst Road and Oakton Street.
At this time, no citations or charges have been filed. An investigation is ongoing.
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