The Kane County Coroner’s Office has identified the 52-year-old bicyclist killed in Tuesday’s hit-and-run crash in Elgin as Sandra Sampey of Bartlett.
Sampey was killed and another bicyclist critically injured Tuesday after they were hit by a vehicle whose driver was attempting to elude police.
Elgin police and the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the devastating series of events that took place shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 28.
According to an Elgin Police Department news release, police responded at 4:03 p.m. to a report of a hit and run in the area of East Chicago Street and Villa Court.
Police said the victim of the hit-and-run flagged down a police officer in the area of Raymond Street.
The officer turned his vehicle south and a short time later positioned himself behind the offending vehicle in an an attempt to stop it, but the vehicle “fled at a high rate of speed,” police said.
According to the report, the officer slowed his approach, and a short time later found the vehicle had struck two bicyclists in the area of Raymond Street and Purify Drive.
The driver of the vehicle fled on foot and was apprehended without incident after a two-hour search. The investigation into this portion of the incident is being conducted by the Elgin Police Department’s Traffic Unit.
Sampey was pronounced deceased from her injuries at an area hospital. The male bicyclist, 58, from Bartlett was in critical condition as of Wednesday.
According to a Coroner’s Office news release, an autopsy was performed Wednesday, and the preliminary cause of death was multiple injuries due to the crash.
Toxicology samples were sent to a forensic lab for further analysis.
The Kane County Major Crimes Task Force has been called to assist with the investigation into the incident, as the State of Illinois Police and Community Relations Improvement Act requires special investigation provisions for deaths including those involving “an individual’s vehicle in the process of apprehension or attempt to apprehend.”
Updates will be provided as they become available.
SOURCE: Elgin Police Department news release
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