JEFFERSON PARK — The family of a 76-year-old man who was struck and killed by a SUV that did not stop after the crash pleaded Monday for help finding the driver.
Carroll Brown died Sunday after he was struck at 8:20 p.m. Friday in the 4800 block of North Central Avenue, about a block away from his Jefferson Park home, said Chicago Police Officer Mark Mora, a spokesman for the department.
Brown was headed east across Central Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle traveling south on Central Avenue, Mora said. The driver of the vehicle did not stop after the crash, Mora added.
No one has been arrested in connection with the crash, and police have no description of the vehicle, Mora said.
Carole Brown said she hoped her father would be remembered as someone who loved "to tell jokes and make everyone happy."
Carroll Brown, who had lived in Jefferson Park for 15 years and was a member of the Our Lady of Victory Church, was a two-time cancer survivor who had been in remission for 10 years, Carole Brown said.
Carole Brown said her father had just parked his car on the street and was headed home when he was struck.
"For him to have survived all that and this is what happens, it is hard," Carole Brown said. "I'm begging anyone who saw anything to come forward."
Carole Brown said witnesses to the accident told her that the car that hit her father was a light-colored sports utility vehicle that was traveling without its headlights on at a high-rate of speed. The SUV was likely seriously damaged on its front end by striking Carroll Brown, who was 6-feet-2-inches tall and weighed more than 200 pounds, Carole Brown said.
"I don't understand why they didn't stop," Carole Brown said.
Friends of the Brown family took to social media after the accident in an attempt to find the driver and the vehicle involved in the crash.
In addition, an online fundraiser to help Carole Brown pay her father's funeral expenses and hospital bills collected more than $2,500 toward its $3,500 goal in one day as of Monday afternoon.
Anyone with information about the crash can call detectives at 312-747-8263.
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