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Police looking for driver accused of killing man in hit-and-run on 77th birthday

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Chicago police are looking for help in a deadly hit-and-run on the city's South Side.

Arthur Johnson, 77, was struck and killed Wednesday morning as he crossed the street at 83rd and Racine.

Witnesses say a dark-colored Mercedes sped north on Racine moments after hitting 77-year-old Arthur Johnson. It was his birthday, and relatives say he was on how way to buy a morning paper, his normal mo rning routine, when the car hit and flipped him in the air. Dorothy Hunter-Brown says she witnessed it.

"She just hit him, she didn't slow down, she just hit him. . . She knocked him straight up in the air," said Hunter-Brown, witness.

She say she believes the driver was a young woman, and another woman was in the passenger seat. Relatives say people in the neighborhood knew Johnson as Uncle Boo because he looked after everyone.

"He didn't deserve that, he was just the kindest person you could ever meet. He would give you the shirt off his back," said Joyce Rufus, victim's niece.

"They took away a life from me that helped me so much," said Mike Rufus, victim's relative.

Despite help from cameras and witnesses, police so far have yet to find the driver. The community alert they have distributed shows a dark-colored sedan similar to the one the suspect was driving.

"That's all I need him is to turn himself in, to get all this over with take some grieving off the family," said Hunter-Brown.

Police estimate the vehicle involved to have been a dark-colored Mercedes with a model year between 2002-2005. They believe the car has damage to its hood and windshield on the passenger side.

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