Suspect Charged In Deerfield Hit-And-Run That Critically Injured Autistic Boy

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February 14, 2020 - 5:08 pm
Stacy A. Shapiro | Deerfield police

Stacy A. Shapiro | Deerfield police

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A 46-year-old Northbrook woman surrendered to police in connection to a hit-and-run last week that seriously injured a 12-year-old autistic boy in the north suburb.

Stacy A. Shapiro is charged with a felony count of failure to report an accident in connection to a Feb. 7 crash that injured Chase Thompson as he crossed a street near Deerfield Road and Beverly Place, according to Deerfield police and Lake County records.

On Wednesday, Deerfield police said they located the wanted vehicle and were interviewing a person of interest.

According to county records, an arrest warrant for Shapiro was issued on Friday.

Thompson was found unresponsive about 7:10 p.m. in the road and taken to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with “extensive injuries,” police said. He was transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Chase Thompson
Thompson Family

Police said Thompson has special needs and is non-verbal, and left home without his family knowing.

The boy’s father, Thad Thompson, speaking with reporters Friday, said Chase will need surgeries, but that won’t happen until his injured lungs heal.

"It's very agonizing to see your child in this condition,” the elder Thompson said.

"With his autism, he doesn't know what's going on. We can't tell him 'Don't pull out your chest tube, don't pull out your breathing tube,’” he said.

If convicted, Shapiro faces 3 to 7 years in prison, police said. She is being held on $250,000 bail, and is due in court Feb. 18.

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