Pedestrian seriously hurt in downtown Naperville hit-run; witnesses sought

Naperville police on Tuesday appealed to the public for help in finding the driver of a hit-and-run vehicle that struck and injured a woman over the weekend near the city’s downtown.

Police Sgt. Bill Davis said the incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Benton Avenue and Court Place, just east of Washington Street. He identified the crash victim as being a 61-year-old woman from Naperville.

Davis said the woman was walking east on Benton Avenue and crossing Court Place “when an unknown type, four-door vehicle turned south onto Court Place, striking the victim.”

The motorist “failed to stop and render aid, and continued south on Court Place, fleeing the area eastbound from Van Buren (Avenue,)” Davis said in a release.

Naperville Fire Department paramedics took the woman to Edward Hospital in Naperville for treatment of what Davis said were “serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.”

The nature of those injuries, and whether the woman has been discharged from the hospital or remains there, was not immediately known.

Davis said police are seeking a small, white, possibly older-model, four-door vehicle “with possible front end damage. The driver of the vehicle may be a taller male with facial hair.”

Witnesses to the crash, or those who believe they have information about the vehicle or its driver, were asked to call the police Traffic Unit, at 630-305-5379; or Naperville Crime Stoppers, at 630-420-6006.