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Schaumburg police release further detail in fatal hit-and-run investigation

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The high school student who was fatally struck by a car in Schaumburg over the weekend was lying in the road when he was hit, police said Thursday.

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That's one of a few new details Schaumburg police released Thursday regarding the investigation into the death of 18-year-old Mikias Tibebu. Police also say they don't know yet why Tibebu was lying in the road early Saturday; whether he fell or had some sort of sudden medical issue.

Tibebu was pronounced dead about 1 a.m. Saturday after police say he was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in a wooded residential area in the northwest suburb.

Police and paramedics, responding to a report of a body in the road, say they found Tibebu lying in the street near Schaumburg Road and Branchwood Drive in Schaumburg about 12:38 a.m. Saturday. The first arriving officer and bystanders performed CPR in an attempt to revive the teen. And life-saving efforts were continued once paramedics arrived on the scene, but Tibebu, of the 800 bock of Westfield Lane in Schaumburg, could not be revived.

Police on Thursday said that it appears that the teen may have been lying on Schaumburg Road when he was run over by a vehicle causing the fatal injuries.

Police also said that while they believe the person driving the vehicle that struck Tibebu may have known they struck or ran over something, it is possible they may not have realized they struck a person. Police noted that damage to the striking vehicle may not be extensive and would probably be located to lower or underside portions of the vehicle.

Additionally, while there was no video surveillance directly showing the intersection, police are checking and analyzing video surveillance from locations east and west of the intersection to identify the types of vehicles that drove through the area around the time of the accident.

Police are asking anyone who was driving a vehicle along Schaumburg Road late

last Friday night/early Saturday morning and believes they struck something to contact them. It would be much more beneficial, police said, for the driver to contact police rather than waiting for police to find them. "Our detectives and traffic crash reconstruction team are aggressively working this case with extreme determination," the release said.

Police also wanted to point out that though there have been rumors on social media sites stating that Tibebu was "car surfing," they can say that the physical evidence and injuries he suffered were not consistent with car surfing.

Tibebu was remembered by the Schaumburg High School community as an athlete and scholar, as well as a good friend.

He was "a dedicated student with exceptional academic honors," Schaumburg High School Principal Tim Little recalled of Tibebu in an email Saturday afternoon.

"A beloved friend and athlete, Mikias was also a committed member of the cross-country and track teams. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Mikias' family and friends during this difficult time," Little said in the email.

One of his friends said, "nothing bad could be said about him. He was one of the nicest kids on the team, and always working hard. He was loved by all and will be always."

The Schaumburg Police Department's Investigations Division and Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team are being assisted by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office with this investigation. Cook County CrimeStoppers has offered a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person who fatally struck the teen.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at (847) 882-3534.

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