Stacy Shapiro, the 46 year-old Northbrook woman charged in a hit-and-run vehicle vs. pedestrian crash that critically injured Chase Thompson, age 12, of Deerfield, appeared in court Tuesday, February 18, 2020 facing a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury.
Stacy Shapiro turned herself in on Friday, February 14, 2020 after police issued a warrant for her arrest, and one week after the serious crash about 7:00 p.m. Friday February 7, 2020. The driver allegedly left the boy unconscious after striking him with her Ford Escape near the intersection of Deerfield Road and Beverly Place.
Thompson is autistic and non-verbal, and had somehow escaped his home designed for his security special needs just before the crash. He remained unconscious for more than a week, but his family announced Tuesday, February 17, 2020 that he was conscious and breathing on his own.
Deerfield Police believe Shapiro was traveling at least 35 miles per hour in the Ford Escape when she hit Chase Thompson without braking and then drove away, while leaving behind some evidence from pieces of her vehicle.
Shapiro was released on bond Friday, February 14, 2020. The conditions of her bond include no driving without a valid license, and no contact with the victim. She has a valid license, but Stacy Shapiro has a record of speeding and driving without insurance.
Stacy Shapiro’s next scheduled court date is Friday, April 17, 2020 for another preliminary hearing. The schedule is subject to change if a grand jury issues an indictment.
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