Boy, 12, Seriously Injured In Deerfield Hit-And-Run; Family Offering $10K Reward

Bernie Tafoya
February 10, 2020 - 7:35 am

DEERFIELD, Ill. (WBBM NEWSADIO) -- A 12-year-old autistic boy was seriously injured Friday in a hit-and-run in north suburban Deerfield, and the family is now offering a $10,000 reward. 

The boy was struck by a westbound vehicle at about 7:10 p.m. near the intersection of Deerfield Road and Beverly Place, Deerfield police said. The driver didn’t stop and continued down Deerfield Road.

Chase Thompson, 12, was found unresponsive in the roadway and taken to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with “extensive injuries,” police said. He was later transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Chase's father, Thad Thompson announced a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the driver, who critically injured his 12-year-old son Friday night. He said anyone is eligible for the reward, including the driver of the vehicle. 

Thompson said the driver could use the money for legal fees by turning him/herself in.

He said when the driver left the scene, the incident went from being an accident to a crime. 

Chase Thompson, 12, is autistic and non-verbal. His father said he somehow got out of the house without his shoes or coat and wandered into Deerfield Road where he was hit. 

Police believe the vehicle is a dark-colored 2013-2016 Ford Escape with an SEL or titanium trim, police said. They believe the SUV might have visible damage to the passenger side headlight assembly, fender and grill.

Anyone with information is asked to call Deerfield police at 847-945-8636.

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