Mayor’s car struck in hit-and-run that caused 3 parked cars to crash into each other

Police say a driver struck a parked pickup truck just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, causing three parked vehicles to crash into each other in the 1400 block of St. Louis Avenue in East St. Louis.

One of those cars was East St. Louis Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks’s government-issued Ford Taurus 2012.

The hit-and-run occurred in the block where Jackson-Hicks lives, according to East St. Louis Police Chief Jerry Simon.

He confirmed Wednesday morning that the mayor’s vehicle was struck when a person driving a Chrysler 300 hit a parked pick up truck, which pushed the truck into the mayor’s Ford Taurus. The mayor’s car then struck a parked Cadillac.

The extent of damage to the mayor’s car was not immediately clear. Jackson-Hicks could not be reached for comment.

Simon said the driver fled the scene leaving the Chrysler 300 he was driving behind. The chief said the car, which had Illinois license plates, was not reported stolen.

Police are trying to identify and locate the driver.

The hit and run was reported to police at 12:59 a.m., Simon said

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503, @carolynhendri18