WAUKEGAN, IL The woman accused of striking a 12-year-old boy and leaving the scene in Deerfield earlier this month appeared before a judge for the first time Tuesday.
Stacy Shapiro of Northbrook faces one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident with injury. Investigators said she was behind the wheel of an SUV that struck Chase Thompson, a Deerfield boy with special needs, on the evening of Feb. 7 on Deerfield Road at Beverly Place.
Shapiro, 46, turned herself in Friday at the Deerfield Police Department with the $25,000 cash portion of her bond ahead of an initial court appearance.
As of Tuesday, Thompson remained hospitalized with injuries suffered in the collision, including broken bones and damaged lungs.
According to family members, the Caruso Middle School sixth-grader, who has autism and is nonverbal, ran out into the street without shoes or a jacket before he was struck, giving drivers little opportunity to avoid him.