Joliet Cops Hunting Hit-And-Run Killer

A hit-and-run driver mowed down a Crest Hill man walking his dog early Saturday, leaving him mortally injured in the street.

A Crest Hill man left to die in the street by a hit-and-run driver Saturday morning clung to life but succumbed to his injuries Monday.

Luis Vallaldid, 68, died at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center two days after a car ran him down near the corner of Curtis Avenue and William Street.

Vallaldid and his wife, 68-year-old Carmen Vallaldid, were walking their dog about 6:45 a.m. Saturday. The Vallaldids were in the street but near the sidewalk when a smaller, gray or silver car heading east on the westbound side of the roadway hit them, said Joliet police Capt. Mike Botzum.

Luis Vallaldid suffered grievous injuries, Botzum said, but Carmen Vallaldid was just grazed by the car and unhurt.

The driver got out of the car, walked over and looked down at the dying Luis Vallaldid, Botzum said. He then returned to the vehicle and drove away north on Waverly Place without speaking to Carmen Vallaldid, the captain said.

The police are now searching for the driver, who Botzum said is a thin, 5-foot-10 black man with gold teeth. Anyone with information on the driver or the crash is asked to call the police department's traffic division at 815-724-3010 or the Will County Crime Stopper's hotline at 800-323-6734. The public can also email through jolietpolice.org or text in tips to 274637.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for cash rewards.

Marilynn Reinhardt December 04, 2012 at 05:57 PM
What a piece of scum this driver is. Come on, people...someone must know something about this jerk. To get out of the car & observe Mr. Vallaldid injuries and not speak to his wife is just unbelieveable! This guy deserves every bit of punishment the court can send his way. I hope he's caught & brought to justice sooner than later!
Shannon December 05, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I completely agree Marilynn.There is not a punishment strong enough for a cruel cold hearted criminal of this level.My prayers are with the family of Mr.Vallaldid and that someone actually has a conscience and comes forward with information leading to the solving of this.
John Roberts December 06, 2012 at 04:45 PM
What's sad is the guy was left there because of fear of going to jail....no plasctic card with all your info on it..jail...a drink...jail....no insurance..jail. = a life lost...I saw a man get hit on Jackson street..The guy drove off..I was the first one out of the car and stopped the other cars from running him over......Now here is my point....The guy that drove off..stopped on the Jackson Street bridge for a brief second he knew what he did.once he/ she seen me by the guy that he/ she hit and knew someone was there they drove off....In reality..the driver cared about what they did or they would not have stopped,but if no license,no insurance or just a drink chances are they drove off to avoid jail..other wise there is no reason to just drive off...but fear of going to jail will make people crazy and make them make irrational decisions....2times I seen people get hit...and both were walking in the street where they were not supposed to be at night...The one lady that hit a guy by the Jackson street train tracks was all legal and stopped...with no fear of going to jail..The guy even said he walked out in front of her...these situations are the same as the drug over doses....when there is a chance of going to jail..people will resort to saving their own a$$....and it makes for a bad world.
Flora Dora December 07, 2012 at 01:41 AM
The driver who left that poor man to die in the street is heartless.


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