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Search continues for North Side hit-and-run driver who struck bicyclist

CHICAGO — The household of a lady severely injured in a North Side hit-and-run is pleading with the general public to come back ahead and determine the driver.

The plea comes after police mentioned an SUV concerned within the hit-and-run was stolen in a carjacking. Police have since discovered the car however the particular person accountable for the crash stays at massive.

WGN has realized that Betzel is now respiratory on her personal. She is predicted to remain within the ICU for not less than three extra days. As she continues to heal, the household is as soon as once more demanding solutions.

“We’re really looking for someone to come forward and face justice,” mentioned Michael Betzel, the sufferer’s brother.

Thirty-one-year-old Alexandra Betzel was injured whereas driving her bike on her method dwelling on Feb. 10. Police mentioned she was struck whereas touring northbound on Kimball Avenue. The car drove over her chest and face. She additionally sustained accidents to her ribs.

“She remembers everything,” mentioned Joanna Blazek, Alexandra’s sister. “She remembers the feeling of her head being rolled over by both of the tires of the car, and so I mean we’re expecting she’s probably going to need therapy afterward.”

After the collision, the driver sped off however not earlier than the car was captured on a purple mild digital camera.

Betzel, who grew up in LaGrange and graduated from DePaul, was an avid biker, in line with her household.

“She does ride her bike everywhere, it’s her main transportation and her main exercise, and one of the ways she gets out to enjoy the city,” Michael Betzel mentioned.

The household says Alexandra has a protracted recovery forward of her and her girlfriend has arrange a GoFundMe web page to cover medical and remedy bills.

“Medical costs alone, we’re expecting to be very expensive, especially now that we found that driver of the vehicle wasn’t the owner and likely does not have insurance,” Joanna Blazek mentioned.

As of Sunday night, the GoFundMe has raised almost $50,000.

“We’re very happy that the community has shown as much support as they have,” Michael Betzel mentioned. “People who have never met my sister, never been to Chicago, never been on a bike are sending their well wishes and funds to help her heal.”

Anyone with info is requested to name police or depart an nameless tip at cpdtip.com.

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