Charleston Police Search for Hit-and-Run Suspect

CHARLESTON--The search continues for a suspect involved in a hit-and-run in Charleston over the weekend.

Students at Eastern Illinois University say they were shocked, but not surprised by the scene at the corner of 4th Street and Grant Avenue Sunday afternoon.

"It's unfortunate that it happened," said senior, Nolan Holt. "But based on how some people drive around here, it was only a matter of time before something did."

Student Alex Ward was crossing the street a little before 4 pm when she was hit by a truck, leaving her with a severe concussion, while the driver left the scene without ever stopping. Ward was airlifted to Carle Foundation Hospital and is now recovering at home. Meanwhile, local police are searching for a suspect in the hit-and-run.

"We've had a few possible tips that have not panned out," said Charleston Police Deputy Chief, David Chambers.

They do not have a license plate number, or a description of the driver, but they do have a description of the vehicle, thanks to a nearby surveillance camera.

"It is an aqua-green. Looks like a Chevy, GMC full sized type of truck. Extended cab," said Chambers. "I would anticipate that there would be some sort of damage to the front side."

The person behind the wheel of that car could be charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident: a felony.

"This is a serious deal," said Chambers. "And we do take it seriously here, and so we are certainly applying some energies to finding out where the vehicle is and who the driver is"

Another person hoping to find the driver is Ward's father, Jason, who said in a Facebook message, "To the person responsible, please turn yourself in to the police. It will be better for you if you do, in the eyes of the law, and the eyes of the people involved."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Charleston Police at 217-345-8422 or Coles County Crime Stoppers at 866-345-8488.

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