Father Offers $10,000 Reward for Information Leading to Arrest of Driver that Hit Son and Left Scene at Deerfield Road and Beverly Place, Deerfield

Chase Thompson, 12, who has autism, was hit by a car in Deerfield. His father has set up a reward, and a bold offer to the driver, as CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

Chase Thompson, a 12 year-old boy, was hit by an SUV a short distance from his home when he ran out through a garage door. Chase Thompson has autism, and by design, he is not supposed to be able to get out of his house on his own — for his own safety. However, Chase somehow was able to run outside in near freezing temperature without shoes. Chase Thompson has autism and is nonverbal. He attends The Caruso Elementary School.

In darkness at about 7:10 p.m., Chase Thompson was hit by an SUV believed to be a dark Ford Escape with an SEL or titanium trim package. It may have heavy front-end damage on the passenger side.

Within about a minute, by 7:12 p.m. Friday, February 7, 2020, a passerby discovered the boy. Deerfield police and firefighter/paramedics responded to a report of child down on the side of the road near Deerfield Road and Beverly Place.

Paramedics immediately rushed the boy to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. The Chase Thompson was then transferred to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Chase Thompson’s father announced a $10,000 reward Sunday, February 9, 2020 for information leading to an arrest. He added that the money can be used by the actual driver if that individual surrenders to police.

Map Scene: Child found seriously injured near Deerfield Road and Beverly Place near Briarwood Country Club.
Fatal hit-and-run investigation location map at Deerfield Road and Beverly Place
Hit-and-run investigation location map at Deerfield Road and Beverly Place in Deerfield, Illinois.

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