ALBANY PARK — A 17-month-old boy was killed Monday afternoon after police say a driver hit him in the street and took off.
The hit and run occurred around 2 p.m. in the 4500 block of North Pulaski Road, police said.
The little boy was being put into the backseat of a car but he was not secured in his seat, police said. He climbed out of the car and walked into the street where the driver of a pickup truck hit him, police said. The driver of the pickup did not stop after the crash and continued northbound on Pulaski Road, police said.
Paramedics took the boy to Lurie Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified him as Hermes Rios-Cardona.
Hermes’ mother, Jocelyn Rios, launched a GoFundMe to help the family pay for funeral costs. Donors gave nearly $2,500 as of Tuesday afternoon.
The car that killed the boy was a dark-colored, two-tone Ford pick-up truck, police said. Photos of the car were released and anyone with information can call detectives at 312-745-4521.
Police continue to investigate.