Driver that Hit Teen on I-90 Not Charged

Police identify man with video from toll plaza, witness.

Police have identified and “interviewed extensively” the male driver of the vehicle that struck Scott Wolf, 17, on I-90 west of Elmhurst Road on Monday at about 1:30 a.m., according to a press release from the Des Plaines Police Department.

According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, the manner of death of Scott Wolf, 17, of Des Plaines, was suicide, and the causes were multiple injuries and motor vehicle striking a pedestrian.

“Based on information that was obtained from a witness and after reviewing footage from the Lee St. Toll Plaza, the vehicle that struck the victim was identified,” according to the report.

After interviewing the driver and “conferring with the State’s Attorney’s Office it was determined that no charges would be brought against the driver,” the report states.

Earlier: Police searching for driver that hit Des Plaines teen.

Wolf was on the varsity volleyball team and participated in a leadership program at Maine West. He was remembered for getting along with students of all ages.

More than 250 people turned out to mourn the loss at a candlelight vigil in Cornell Park on Monday night, Journal and Topics Newspapers reported.

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Blow me March 03, 2012 at 08:07 AM
You are absolutely correct. Of course the fact that it was an apparent suicide may have caused this accident, how does this person walk free knowing that he hit "something". I can only assume it was a random person who somehow is connected with someone; While it was not actually the drivers fault, assuming, he should have stopped and reported. Related to someone, random, but must be true.
Blow me March 03, 2012 at 08:13 AM
So, if you hit a body on the highway you just continue on driving?
Debbie March 04, 2012 at 04:48 AM
The whole situation is sad. I feel so bad for the Wolf family
Carol March 05, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Seriously, Scott was someone's son, someone's brother, and someone's friend. I can't understand how anyone could hit someone and continue driving without pulling over and offering assistance. It may have been an accident hitting Scott, but it wasn't an accident leaving him there. Anyone who does that deserves to pay a penalty of some kind, whether it be a monetary fine, jail time, or better yet, community service. Shame on that person!
YoureKiddingRight March 15, 2012 at 08:21 AM
Carol, you are absolutely right. Scott was loved by everyone that knew him. He meant something to so many people. The person who just left him there -regardless of how he got there- needs to be held accountable for their actions, or in this case inaction. I mean, really, to be tracked down by the toll booth cameras? They had no intention of reporting this. Cold, heartless & no conscience. If they would have even bothered to report what happened, maybe this story would have an entirely different ending. Karma, are you paying attention?


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