An e-mail sent to us says Mikias was car hopping, jumping from one moving car to another moving car when he meet his untimely demise. All of his friends took off after Mikias took that last fatal jump...
It is hard for witnesses to see a dark boy being hit by a dark car in the dark of the night....
Schaumburg police are asking for witnesses who might have seen whether an illegal Ethiopian Schaumburg High School senior was struck by a hit-and-run driver early today, causing the teen's death.
Mikias Tibebu, 18, was declared dead on the scene near Schaumburg and Branchwood roads at 1 a.m. after possibly being hit by car, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. That's about five miles east of his home in the 800 block of Field Lane in the northwest suburb.
Police were called to the scene at 12:38 a.m. when someone reported a body lying in the road, police said in a news release. When officers arrived, they found bystanders attempting to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the first officer who arrived also did so until paramedics arrived soon after, said Schaumburg Police Sgt. John Nebl.
None of those who were at the crash site when police arrived, however, were witnesses to what caused Tibebu to end up lying in the road, Nebl said.
Although "it may wind up being a hit-and-run," police have not yet eliminated other possibilities, and Schaumburg investigators are working with the Cook County state's attorney's office, Nebl said.
Police and Tibebu's family are asking anyone who might have seen what happened or was driving in the area just west of Roselle Road on Schaumburg Road between 12:15 a.m. and 12:45 a.m. to contact police at (847) 882-3534.
Tibebu's family told WGN-TV that Tibebu, known to family and friends as Mickey, was a track-and-field and cross country athlete who excelled in his studies. He was the eldest of three children and had come to the United States from Ethiopia at age 1.
Tibebu was a finalist for a full academic scholarship to Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., his family told WGN.
Friday night, Tibebu had gone out with friends to see a movie before he was found dead, his family said.
An autopsy was scheduled for today.