Crime

Police looking for suspect in hit-and-run that left Belleville man seriously injured

Illinois State Police say they are looking for a person of interest possibly involved in a hit-and-run that seriously injured a man driving a motorcycle.

According to police, on Sunday, Oct. 20, a black older model Chevrolet was traveling westbound on Illinois 158, heading toward Dianne Drive, when it began to make a left turn across eastbound traffic and stopped. Michael R. Schoenborn, 66, of Belleville, lost control of the Yamaha motorcycle he was riding in an attempt to avoid hitting the Chevrolet and was thrown off the motorcycle.

Police said the Chevy then drove forward, rolling over the Schoenborn and the motorcycle, and proceeded to flee the scene at high speed. Schoenborn suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown to an area hospital. According to ISP Trooper Theodore Tebbe, Schoenborn remained in the hospital Wednesday morning in stable condition.

Schoenborn’s brother, Dave, told KSDK 5 that his brother “keeps making progress every day.”

Witnesses described the Chevrolet to troopers on the scene and ISP’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit is investigating the crash.

Investigators recently located a vehicle matching the description with damage consistent with the crash in a nearby neighborhood and are questioning a person of interest. No one was in custody as of Wednesday morning.

ISP is asking anyone with information to call Trooper Tebbe at 618-315-7307.

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