40-year-old man dies of injuries after Goose Island hit-and-run - KMSP-TV

40-year-old man killed in Goose Island hit-and-run, dragged 2 blocks

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The vehicle that struck the man looks like this one - a 2010-2013 dark blue or black Hyundai Sonata. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Police) The vehicle that struck the man looks like this one - a 2010-2013 dark blue or black Hyundai Sonata. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Police)
Victim Billy Taylor (right) Victim Billy Taylor (right)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A 40-year-old man was killed Thursday morning when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Goose Island on the Near North Side then dragged more than 1,000 feet down Division Street.

The accident occurred in the 1000 block of West Division Street about 4:20 a.m., prompting police to close several blocks of the roadway for more than two hours to investigate.

The vehicle, described as a 2010-13 black or dark-colored 4-door Hyundai Sonata, was westbound on Division when it struck 40-year-old Billy Taylor of Hazelcrest, police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien said.

Police say Taylor was dragged two blocks down the street. His body was found at the bridge over the North Branch of the Chicago River. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, police said. But he died there of his injuries, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

The car did not stop and as of early Thursday afternoon, police continued to look for it. It is believed to have damage to its front end grille, O'Brien said.

The callousness of the hit and run driver has Taylor's family stunned.

 "To actually have the heart to drive off and not stop and help somebody, it's sad," Taylor's cousin Sheldon McCorkle says.

Taylor grew up on Chicago's West Side, attended Farragut High School and according to his cousin was friends with NBA All Star Kevin Garnett.

"Good person, good father, good family man, you know, would help anybody," McCorkle says.

Taylor's cousin said there's no way the driver could not have known he hit someone, and he's urging that person to come forward.

"Please turn yourself in, just do the right thing, do the right thing," McCorkle pleads. "Please turn yourself in, he has kids, he has a family, turn yourself in."

The police Major Accident Investigation Unit is investigating.

If you have any information that could lead to the suspected driver in this incident, please call Major Accident Investigations at 312-745-4521.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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