Driver and passenger pull a hit-and-run play near Worth baseball diamond

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  The driver and passenger of a van fled on foot Oct. 15 after striking a wooden barricade and damaging a backstop at Peaks Park in Worth, police said.
  The 2000 maroon Dodge Caravan struck the 18-inch barricade at 2:36 a.m. and continued into the park where it hit the chain link backstop of a baseball diamond located on the southeast corner of the park, according to reports.
  A witness told police that she heard the “screeching of brakes and a thump.” She went outside and heard the driver racing the engine in an attempt to leave. The driver and passenger eventually got out of the van and ran toward Oak Park Avenue, the witness said.
  The van was headed north on Lloyd Drive at a high rate of speed, according to police. It made a slight left turn and continued across the park property, striking the barrier before running into the backstop. The van had front-end damage, and a three-foot section of a utility pole was lodged beneath the frame, police said.
  The witness said both the driver and passenger were young males who wore hooded sweatshirts and shorts. The van is registered to a Worth residence, but police were unsuccessful in getting a response at the apartment, according to reports.