Police hope new information will lead to driver in fatal March accident

Posted Online: Aug. 28, 2014, 11:25 pm
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By Anthony Watt, awatt@qconline.com
EAST MOLINE — Illinois State Police have narrowed the description of the vehicle being sought in the fatal March hit and run of Emilio A. Perez, 17, to a 2000-2002 silver Chevrolet or GMC truck or sport-utility vehicle.

Mr. Perez, of Villa Park, was struck about 7:20 p.m., March 8, as he walked in the westbound lanes of Interstate 88 at mile marker 6 near Joslin. He died of a traumatic neck injury. His vehicle, which had run out of gas, was found near where he was killed.

Thursday, state police said further analysis of evidence found at the scene narrows the type of vehicle that hit him to a silver 2000-2002 Chevrolet or GMC truck or SUV with black, textured and heated side mirrors.

In the weeks after Mr. Perez was killed, police were unable to determine a specific vehicle color, and initially set the model range at 1999 to 2007.

In the days after the accident, police said the vehicle should have been missing its driver's-side mirror, and had damage to the driver's side headlight.

The Perez family is offering a reward that, coupled with that traditionally offered by Crime Stoppers, is $10,000.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Illinois State Police at 309-752-4915, or Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500.


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