Damaged car parts left at the scene of a car crash helped Illinois police from Highland Park solve a recent hit-and-run accident. The car wreck occurred on the first Thursday in May at a local intersection. A 77-year-old pedestrian was severely injured in the incident, and authorities noted that her recovery was projected to be long and difficult.
A 73-year-old woman has been accused of causing the crash and now faces criminal charges. Police say the woman fled the scene of the crash, leaving authorities with the task of tracking her down. Investigators used the parts from the car left at the crash site to try and determine the make and model of the vehicle involved. Fortunately, the woman had apparently taken the car to a local body shop. Once police concluded they had found the right vehicle, they located the woman at a rental car facility close to the body shop.