UPDATE: Woman airlifted after hit and run; CPD investigates

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Jason Howell

An Illinois State Police trooper with the traffic crash and reconstruction unit analyzes the scene of a hit and run on Sunday at the pedestrian crosswalk between Lincoln Hall and McAfee Gym. One subject was airlifted to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. According to Sgt. Justin Peterson of the Charleston Police Department, police are looking for a light green full size truck in connection with the hit and run.

Jarad Jarmon and Roberto Hodge

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Surveillance photograph of the what members of the Charleston Police Department believe to be the suspect vehicleThe Charleston Police Department is asking for the public to help in identifying an aqua green, full-sized truck believed to have been in involved in a hit-and-run Sunday.

The CPD officers responded to a crosswalk at Fourth Street and Grant Avenue at 3:57 p.m. Sunday when a vehicle hit Alexandria Ward, a special education major, and fled the scene.

Anyone with information regarding the hit-and-run is asked to contact the CPD at 217-345-8422 or to message them through their Facebook page. Those with information on the hit-and-run can also contact Coles County Crime Stoppers at 866-345-8488. All of the information provided is anonymous.

A life flight helicopter airlifted Ward to Carle Foundation Hospital Sunday.

The police diverted traffic from the crime scene by blocking off the corner of Fourth Street and Grant Avenue to the intersection of Fourth Street and Roosevelt Avenue. The barricade was later moved north to Fourth Street next to Taylor Hall Sunday.

Police have not been able to find the truck as of press time.

The incident is still under investigation in a cooperative effort between the CPD, the Illinois State Police and Eastern Illinois Police Department.

Lt. Brad Oyer of the CPD said more information involving the incident will be provided when it is available.

Jarad Jarmon can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]

UPDATED SEPT. 22 @ 11:16 A.M.

A woman was taken to the hospital after being struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run incident at about 4 p.m. Sunday at a crosswalk on Fourth Street near Lincoln Hall.

The City of Charleston is asking for the public’s help in identifying the vehicle believed to have been in involved in a hit and run.

The vehicle was possibly a Chevrolet, aqua-green, full-sized truck, with a regular cab according to a witness’ description included in a press release issued by the Charleston Police Department Monday morning.

The woman, Alexandria Ward, was airlifted to the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill.

The police have not found the truck as of press time. The incident is currently under investigation.

“It is a cooperative effort between the Charleston Police Department, the University Police Department, the Coles County Sherriff Department and the Illinois State Police,” Peterson said.

Investigators cordoned off the crosswalk at about 5 p.m. to analyze the crime scene. The police diverted traffic from the corner of Fourth Street and Grant Avenue to the intersection of Fourth Street and Roosevelt Avenue. The barricade was later moved north to Fourth Street next to Taylor Hall.

Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Charleston Police Department at 217-345-8422, or message us through Facebook. Information can also be left by contacting Coles County Crime Stoppers at 866-345-8488, all information is anonymous.

Jarad Jarmon and Roberto Hodge can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]