‘He didn’t care’: Chicago hit-and-run victim speaks to CBS 2

CHICAGO (SCS) — A story that you will only see on 2.

A hit-and-run left a man for dead in an intersection. A father of four is alive, telling his story of recovery from a hospital bed. He speaks to reports by Steven Graves of CBS 2 from West Englewood.

Jeremy Cruz barely survived this accident, and with physical injuries. He faces another pain that so many in his situation also feel.

Muscles torn from the bone. A broken pelvis and crushed ribs. Jeramine Cruz is lucky to be up and talking.

“I almost didn’t make it. That’s what they were telling me. I was broken in so many places.”

Almost a week ago, the afternoon of March 13 around 4:00 a.m. Cruz was on his motorcycle. He remembers stopping at the intersection of 71st and Hoyne in West Englewood. First stopping at a stop sign on Hoyne, when a car in front of him did the same.

“I got the hit, but he went anyway. It was like he didn’t care,” Cruz said.

What Chicago police describe as a white vehicle hit Cruz as he turned left. A Good Samaritan probably saved his life.

“It was her. She was telling me, ‘The car is leaving'”, recalls Cruz.

The injuries leave the husband and father of four wondering when he will walk again. Or being able to play with her one-year-old daughter.

“Having to think about going home and not being able to, that’s going to mess me up,” Cruz said.

Another frustration is what a Chicago police detective told him; that the likelihood of solving a hit-and-run like his is slim to none.

“It breaks my heart,” Cruz said.

CBS 2 spoke with retired Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Eugene Roy about the difficulties faced in these cases. He said even with cameras that capture a plate, it can be difficult to determine who was driving. This is where witnesses are essential in helping the police catch a suspect.

“Or they knew they were involved in an accident and the guilt is eating at them. They’re stepping forward,” Roy said.

This is exactly what *this family is hoping for now.

“He sometimes works 14 hours a day. He comes home and continues to play with his children. He’s a wonderful father.” “I just want the person arrested,” Cruz’s wife, Shandelle Olofson, said.

The family said Chicago police checked doorbell cameras for evidence, but so far no luck. Officers said there were no updates to the investigation, but there is a public alert for anyone with information to come forward.


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