Deerfield police say they have car, person of interest in hit-and-run that occurred Friday, February 7, 2020 at about 7:00 p.m. at Deerfield Road and Beverly Place.
Deerfield police reported Wednesday February 12, 2020 that they have found the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash that left a 12-year-old boy critically injured Friday night February 7, 2020.
Police reported the suspected vehicle involved in the hit-and-run crash was located and is “being processed for items of evidentiary value.” A person of interest connected with the vehicle is also being interviewed, police said.
Police received a tip from a person that led them to the vehicle and the person they are interviewing.
The 12-year-old hit-and-run victim, Chase Thompson, is still in critical condition about 5 days after he was hit. The crash occurred Friday on Deerfield Road near Beverly Place — a short distance from the Thompson home.
For his own safety, Chase, who has autism and is non-verbal, is not by design supposed to be able to get out of his house on his own; but he managed to get out of the family’s home Friday evening. When he ran onto Deerfield Road, he was struck; and the driver fled the scene, according to Chase’s father, Thad Thompson.
Thad Thompson made a public plea on Monday, February 10, 2020 for the driver involved in the hit-and-run to turn himself in, as Deerfield Police released details and file photos describing the suspected vehicle. The Deerfield Police Department investigation indicated that the offending vehicle was possibly a dark-colored 2013-2016 Ford Escape with an SEL or Titanium trim package. The vehicle was expected to have extensive damage to the passenger side headlight assembly, fender and grill, according to Deerfield Police Department.
The crash left Chase with severe facial injuries, broken bones and bruised lungs.
Thad Thompson also offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver, including the driver himself — if he surrendered. Thad Thompson offered the reward to the driver so that the driver could use the money for his or her own defense.
“We do understand this was an accident and you made a massive mistake in a moment of fear … To prove that to you, we’ll put our money toward your defense. We want you to turn yourself in.”
— Thad Thompson
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Deerfield Police Department at 847-945-8636.
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