screen_shot_2016_11_20_at_5_53_40_am.png

A man was fatally struck by a vehicle early Sunday in the intersection of West Chicago Avenue and North LaSalle Street. | NVP News

Police searching for Jeep in Near North Side fatal hit-and-run

SHARE Police searching for Jeep in Near North Side fatal hit-and-run
SHARE Police searching for Jeep in Near North Side fatal hit-and-run

Policeare looking for the driver of a Jeep whofatally struck a 23-year-old man early Sunday as he was crossing the street on the Near North Side.

About 4 a.m., Phillip Levato was in a crosswalk at the intersection of West Chicago Avenue and North LaSalle Street when he was struck by the white Jeep, which was speeding south on LaSalle at the time, according to Chicago Police.

Levatowas taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:35 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 1300 block of West 32nd Place.

The SUV, described as a white 2016 Jeep Compass with Indiana license plate BU3440, was last seen heading south on LaSalle, police said.

The police Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating. Anyone with information about the crash or the Jeep is asked to call (312) 745-4521.

Levato’s father, 48-year-old Phillip M. Levato, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in September for the death of 45-year-old Kristopher Weiss inthe South Side Bridgeport neighborhood.

Weiss had been in a fight with Levato and another man, who was not charged, on the night of July 22 in the 3000 block of South Normal.One of the men punched Weiss in the face, causing him to fall backward and hit his head, authorities said.

Weiss died atStroger Hospital two days lateron July 24, authorities said.An autopsy ruled his death a homicide by blunt force head injuries.

Levato, of the 2500 block of West 36th Street, turned himself in to police and was charged.

Police said there is no reason to believe that Levato was intentionally struck, and it is being treated as a traffic-related death.

lasallehitandrun_copy.jpg

Police are searching for the driver of a 2016 Jeep Compass, similar to the one pictured above, who fatally struck a pedestrian early Sunday on the Near North Side. | Chicago Police

The Latest
When even common sense laws are opposed, it’s no wonder we have a gun pandemic.
General manager Ryan Poles continued to reorganize the Bears’ front office Thursday, promoting area scout Breck Ackley to assistant college scouting director and pro scout Chris White to assistant pro scouting director.
Alderpersons grilled CPS leaders about school budgets at a City Council hearing Wednesday and asked why any school would see budget cuts during the pandemic and with an influx of federal dollars.
If written today, the work couldn’t be produced. It’s actually only because of its deep-rooted place in American culture that it’s worth doing, as Aaron Sorkin’s new adaptation attempts to articulate.
The couple, who first revealed her pregnancy with a belly-baring Harlem photo shoot in January, became parents of a baby boy on May 13 in Los Angeles.