activist is thankful his sister is alive after she was struck by a vehicle Wednesday
morning in a hit-and-run crash.
has dealt with plenty of grief in his personal life, as his daughter and young
cousin were both killed in acts of gun violence, and he feared he would have to
deal with another death of a loved one Wednesday when he heard his sister had
been hit by a vehicle.
“I’m still in
total shock because of her condition, because it could have been a fatality,”
Holmes said that
his sister Cassandra, a mother of seven children, was crossing the street at
the intersection of 74th Street and King Drive on Wednesday morning
when she was struck by a white truck.
“He strikes her,
she falls over, and rolls over,” Holmes said.
apartment maintenance worker took a photo of the vehicle, and even captured a
Wisconsin license plate after the truck apparently swerved around a car in
front of him before striking Cassandra Holmes.
“He pulled over
to the side there and the person told me he’d seen him pull over, look, and then
jet off,” Andrew Holmes said.
the person responsible for the crash knew what they had done, but had “no
regard” for the life of his sister.
“Just took off
(with) no regard to whether she was living or not,” he said.
survive, but suffered a serious leg fracture and knee damage that will require
“I could have lost
my baby sister,” he said.
Holmes is offering a $1,000 reward
for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person
responsible for hitting his sister. Chicago police are still investigating in