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Chicago police release photos of SUV wanted in deadly New Year's Eve hit-and-run in Belmont Central

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CHICAGO -- Chicago police have released photos of a Jeep wanted in a fatal hit-and-run in Belmont Central on New Year's Eve.

Robin Mathis, 55, was in a crosswalk at Belmont and Menard avenues around 4:20 p.m. when the SUV hit her, Chicago police said.

Mathis, from Hermosa, was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center and pronounced dead later that night, the Cook County medical examiner's office said.

The car was described as a gray 2014 to 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, police said.

Police asked anyone with information to call the Major Accident Investigation Unit at (312) 745-4521

Investigators say the driver struck and killed a person who was crossing the street at Belmont and Menard around 4:20 p.m. afternoon of last Friday, Dec. 31.

In traffic laws, a hit and run or a hit-and-run is the act of causing a traffic collision and not stopping afterwards. It is considered a supplemental crime in most jurisdictions.

Legal consequences of hit-and-run may include the suspension or cancellation of one's driver's license; lifetime revocation of a driver's license is possible in certain jurisdictions. It is frequently considered a criminal offense, which can be punished by fines and imprisonment. Insurance companies often raise the insurance costs or even void the policies of drivers involved in this offense.

Attempts to understand the mental state of the hit and run driver began soon after the offense became codified, in a paper titled "The Feebleminded Motorist" (1942) and has been explored again in an article titled "The Psychology of Hit and Run" (2008)

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