A Chicago mother pleads for a hit and run driver to turn himself in after her son was left on the street following a crash in the South Austin neighborhood.
“I just want you to step in, just come to me,” Laticia Walker said. “Give me closure, give me peace that you are human, and this situation was unintentional.”
Walker told NBC 5 that her son, Lamarke Smith, is now fighting for his life in a coma on life support at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
“I just ask God to spare my son’s life,” she said.
His son, a father of three, was hit by a car while riding his scooter last Friday evening. Walker said he had just left his house and was heading to a friend’s party.
“He said mum I’ll be back in a few hours and the next call I got at 10.30am was that my son was in the ambulance fighting for his life,” she said.
Chicago police said the 34-year-old was turning left onto Madison Street from Mason Avenue when he found himself in the back. The driver of a vehicle, possibly a white Kia, did not stop and continued on his way. The impact threw Smith through the air. Witnesses rushed to try to help him.
“He has six skull fractures, two brain hemorrhages, his third rib cage is broken with bleeding,” she said. “Two hairline fractures as well as two sinus fractures.”
Walker describes his son as a social butterfly, a party life, and a wonderful father who would do anything for his children.
“They keep asking him to wake up,” she said. “I don’t know what to tell them as a grandma – how to tell them I’m just praying for him to wake up.”
Walker hopes his son will pull through and the driver will do the right thing.
“We’re just on our knees,” she said. “Just date, think if it was your child, date.”
Family and friends will hold a prayer vigil for Smith Friday evening at 6 p.m. on Adams Boulevard and Menard Avenue near Columbus Park. They plan to go to the scene of the accident to distribute flyers in order to find new leads in the case.
If you have any information about the driver or vehicle involved, you are urged to call the Chicago Police Department Major Accident Investigation Unit at 312-745-4521.