Niles Police: Driver Lied About Witnessing Another Driver Involved in Hit-And-Run; Was Driver That Hit, Killed Pedestrian

A vehicle vs pedestrian crash that killed a 72-year-old man in Niles Thursday night was not a hit-and-run as was initially reported to police.

Nile police reported Friday afternoon that the car vs pedestrian crash that killed a 72-year-old man in on Greenwood Avenue near Betty Terrace in Niles Thursday night December 27, 2018 was not a hit-and-run.

Police said the driver of the vehicle that hit the man has been identified, but is not in custody, and no charges were initially filed in connection with the fatal incident. Police also said Friday afternoon that the driver of the vehicle that hit the victim may have lied to police officers on the scene, saying that another vehicle hit the victim, and that the driver of the other vehicle left the scene. Police were told that a white SUV or pickup truck hit the victim after it was rear-ended by another vehicle. Police were told the driver of the white vehicle then fled the scene with the white vehicle. Police investigation concluded that the victim was struck by a gray 2016 Jeep Patriot, which remained on scene.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office released the identity of the victim as Michael Potwora of Niles. He was struck and killed while crossing Greenwood Avenue at Betty Terrace just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The investigation is ongoing with North Regional Major Crimes Task Force (NORTAF) Major Crash Assistance Team assisting Niles Police Department with the investigation.

ABC 7 Chicago reported that a Good Samaritan at the scene, Suzanne Matic, began CPR after the victim was struck. Firefighter/paramedics upon arrival reported that CPR was already being performed as they approached.

Potwora was transported to Level I Trauma Center Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he was pronounced dead.

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