Two people killed in Hoffman Estates crash

  • Police personnel from Hoffman Estates investigate the scene of a fatal crash just west of the intersection of Golf and Bartlett roads on Thursday night.

    Police personnel from Hoffman Estates investigate the scene of a fatal crash just west of the intersection of Golf and Bartlett roads on Thursday night. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Police personnel from Hoffman Estates investigate the scene of a fatal crash just west of the intersection of Golf and Bartlett roads on Thursday night.

    Police personnel from Hoffman Estates investigate the scene of a fatal crash just west of the intersection of Golf and Bartlett roads on Thursday night. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
By Paul Biasco
Updated 1/28/2011 8:21 AM

A man and a woman were killed in a multivehicle crash Thursday night in Hoffman Estates that police say might have been a hit-and-run.

Autopsies are scheduled today for Migdala Block, 62, of Hoffman Estates, and Joseph Paliokaitis, 32, unknown address, after they were pronounced dead following the accident, officials from the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said Friday morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Officials said the collision occurred at 7:37 p.m. on Golf Road just west of Bartlett Road, police said.

Paliokaitis was taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, where he was pronounced dead at 8:11 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Police said Block was trapped in a second vehicle and died when it burst into flames after the crash.

An Illinois State Police alert was sent out shortly after the crash for a male driver of a 2002 blue Subaru four-door that was last seen heading west on Golf Road after leaving the scene of the crash, an Illinois State Police spokesman confirmed.

The wanted vehicle was damaged in the crash with a silver paint transfer, according to Illinois State Police.

The driver of the vehicle was apprehended approximately three hours after the crash and was being questioned by Hoffman Estates police late Thursday, said Hoffman Estates Lt. Tom Sullivan.

Sullivan would not confirm that the accident was a hit-and-run.

Two vehicles were left totaled at the scene, a Jaguar and a Hyundai, according to authorities. It's unclear who was driving what during the accident.

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The driver of the Jaguar was ejected from the vehicle, according to police at the scene.

Another unknown victim was taken to St. Alexius Medical Center, police said. That victim's condition was unknown late Thursday night.

Police officials said there were not any updates regarding the accident early Friday morning, but said investigators were at the scene on and off throughout the evening and morning hours.

Police dispatchers said Golf Road was closed between Bartlett and Sutton roads until about 4 a.m. as police and emergency crews continued their investigation. It has since reopened.