"Cowboy Ray" critically injured in hit-and-run

Monday, November 21, 2005

Chicago radio host Erich "Mancow" Muller is offering at least $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that critically injured one of his regular guests. Ray Hofstatter, 45, appears weekly on the Mancow Morning Madhouse radio show as "Cowboy Ray."

Hofstatter was struck by a car when leaving Bohica Bar and Grill, 5500-block of South Archer Avenue, on Sunday night. Witnesses said the hit-and-run driver appeared to be a woman. They were able to give a brief description of the car -- a small, dark colored vehicle. Police are hoping a videotape may help find the driver. An auto body shop had a surveillance camera overlooking Archer Avenue.

"You just heard the acceleration of the gas going faster and I turned and you didn't even see the car, that is how fast the car was going. They never stopped," said Lori Martinez, witness.

As police continue their investigation, Mancow is calling on his listeners for help. He believes those callers have turned up some strong leads.

"Keep your fingers crossed. We may have who it is. I believe I have the name of the driver. I don't know. I am not 100-percent, but I believe someone just called up and they told me everything," said Erich "Mancow" Muller, radio personality. "So, I have this girl's name, and I have turned it over to the police, and now we wait."

"Are they drunk, make a mistake, let's not make it worse. Come forward, and say who you are," said Mancow.

"She should turn herself in right now. You know, she should turn herself in to the police. As soon as possible," said Jim Goonie McDermott, Cowboy Ray's friend.

Hofstatter, who is mentally challenged, lives on the Southwest Side with his 88-year-old mother. She will be at the hospital today as Hofstatter undergoes another surgery. She said he has broken leg and broken pelvis. Doctors had to remove a kidney. He remains in critical condition.

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