Double hit-and-run personal injury crash on Oakton Street Des Plaines on Thursday August 25, 2022 with third vehicle investigated. YouTube Tips ⓘ
Police, firefighters and paramedics from Des Plaines responded about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 25, 2022 to a report of a crash with injuries at 917 East Oakton Street in Des Plaines. Upon arrival, police, firefighters, and paramedics discovered two damaged vehicles on the scene. Occupants from only one of the vehicles were on the scene. A husband and wife and their infant were on the scene and were immediately evaluated by Des Plaines Fire Department paramedics. The infant’s mother was bleeding from the forehead with a laceration. Immediately after the crash, while she was injured, she went to retrieve her infant daughter, who had been ejected. A witness said she fainted after she handed the infant to her husband. The couple and the infant had just left a hair salon, and were parked in their SUV in the parking lot in front of the hair salon preparing to leave.
Witness describes double hit-and-run crash into car and salon on Oakton Street Des Plaines on Thursday, August 25, 2022. YouTube Tips ⓘ
The black BMW careened into their white SUV, primarily injuring the mother. The infant was ejected to the ground, but fortunately no injuries occurred. The woman’s husband did not report any injuries to himself. All three were transported to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for further evaluation and/or treatment. None of the three victims had any life-threatening injuries.
Two or three occupants of the black BMW sedan fled the scene on foot prior to the police officers arriving on the scene. Cook County Sheriff’s deputies also responded with Des Plaines police officers.
Initially, police thought that the driver of the black BMW was traveling west on Oakton Street approaching the 900 block of East Oakton Street and simply lost control and then struck the parked SUV in the parking lot on the south side of Oakton Street. After further investigation, including analysis of security video in the area, police investigators discovered that the BMW was westbound on Oakton Street, but it was involved in a crash with another vehicle before it careened into the family’s SUV.
Police discovered the black BMW was westbound on Oakton Street, but the driver entered the oncoming lanes as the driver of a black or dark-blue hatchback was attempting to turn into the parking lot. The black BMW struck the hatchback in the driver’s side before veering into the parking lot and striking a second vehicle — the white SUV where the occupants were sitting. The hatchback was last seen entering a neighboring parking lot before leaving the scene, according to the Des Plaines Police Department. The hatchback appears to be a Ford Focus ST.
Des Plaines Police are attempting to identify the driver of the black hatchback that was involved in the accident on Oakton Street last week. Additionally, detectives are attempting to identify the occupants of the BMW who fled the scene on foot last week. Witnesses reported the occupants of the black BMW fled westbound along Oakton Street toward Maine West High School.
Police did not indicate whether there were any circumstances or additional crimes connecting the hatchback and the BMW prior to the crashes. However, the BMW did not have a rear license plate attached at the scene. There was no damage near the designated rear license plate position on the BMW. Some people at the scene were saying the hit-and-run offenders may have been involved in a carjacking or stolen auto incident, but this was not confirmed as fact by the police.
Anyone with information about the crash, or information about either the BMW or the hatchback, is encouraged to contact the Des Plaines Police Department at 847-391-5436.
The information in this article is an early report published before complete summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.
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