New details on van in Lake Zurich fatal hit-and-run

  • Lake Zurich police released new details Friday about the vehicle they're searching for in connection with a July 22 hit-and-run that killed 18-year-old Gabriella "Gabby" Drozdz, right, and injured friends, Vanessa Fitts, left, and Rosie Fitts, center.

    Lake Zurich police released new details Friday about the vehicle they're searching for in connection with a July 22 hit-and-run that killed 18-year-old Gabriella "Gabby" Drozdz, right, and injured friends, Vanessa Fitts, left, and Rosie Fitts, center. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Sawyer

  • COURTESY OF LAKE ZURICH POLICE DEPARTMENTLake Zurich police are seeking information about this two-tone van, identified as a GMC Safari or Chevy Astro, in connection with a July 22 hit-and-run crash that killed 18-year-old Gabriella "Gabby" Drozdz. the van is believed to be blue with a second, lighter color, perhaps silver or gray.

    COURTESY OF LAKE ZURICH POLICE DEPARTMENTLake Zurich police are seeking information about this two-tone van, identified as a GMC Safari or Chevy Astro, in connection with a July 22 hit-and-run crash that killed 18-year-old Gabriella "Gabby" Drozdz. the van is believed to be blue with a second, lighter color, perhaps silver or gray.

  • COURTESY OF LAKE ZURICH POLICE DEPARTMENTLake Zurich police are seeking information about this two-tone van, identified as a GMC Safari or Chevy Astro, in connection with a July 22 hit-and-run crash that killed 18-year-old Gabriella "Gabby" Drozdz. the van is believed to be blue with a second, lighter color, perhaps silver or gray.

    COURTESY OF LAKE ZURICH POLICE DEPARTMENTLake Zurich police are seeking information about this two-tone van, identified as a GMC Safari or Chevy Astro, in connection with a July 22 hit-and-run crash that killed 18-year-old Gabriella "Gabby" Drozdz. the van is believed to be blue with a second, lighter color, perhaps silver or gray.

  • Lake Zurich police put up an electronic message board at the scene of the July 22 hit-and-run crash that killed 18-year-old Gabriella "Gabby" Drozdz. The board describes the vehicle investigators are seeking and asks passing motorists to contact police if they have any information.

      Lake Zurich police put up an electronic message board at the scene of the July 22 hit-and-run crash that killed 18-year-old Gabriella "Gabby" Drozdz. The board describes the vehicle investigators are seeking and asks passing motorists to contact police if they have any information. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Mourners gather outside Ahlgrim Funeral Home in Lake Zurich during a memorial service for 18-year-old Gabriella Drozdz of Lake Zurich, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash July 22.

      Mourners gather outside Ahlgrim Funeral Home in Lake Zurich during a memorial service for 18-year-old Gabriella Drozdz of Lake Zurich, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash July 22. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 7/29/2011 10:11 PM

Police released photos Friday of what they believe is the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash last week that killed an 18-year-old Lake Zurich woman.

Lake Zurich police Cmdr. Kevin Finlon said investigators are now looking for a two-tone GMC Safari or a Chevy Astro van in connection with the July 22 crash in the 100 block of Church Street, just north of Jamie Lane.

 

The van is blue with a second lighter color, possibly silver or gray, Finlon said. Police on Thursday said pieces of the vehicle left at the scene traced back to the GMC and Chevy models.

The year of the van is between 1985 and 1994, Finlon said, and the vehicle involved will have damage to the side turn signal and marker light.

Police have installed an electronic sign near the crash scene informing passing motorists of the search and asking for help.

Gabriella Drozdz was killed when she and two friends, Rosie Fitts, 16, and Vanessa Fitts, 18, were hit from behind by the vehicle as they walked on the shoulder of Church Street at about 9:30 p.m. July 22. The Fitts sisters survived the collision.

Authorities say the vehicle had an Illinois license plate mounted on the rear hatch. It was last seen driving erratically on eastbound Route 22 near Quentin Road.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact either Finlon at the Lake Zurich Police Department, (847) 719-1690 ext. 6118, or Lake County Crime Stoppers at (847) 662-2222.

Family members are also working to put together a reward fund, and have set up the website, gabbydrozdz.com, seeking help identifying the hit-and-run driver.

In the meantime, dozens of friends and family of Drozdz gathered for a wake and memorial service Friday at a Lake Zurich funeral home. A funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Parish, 135 S. Buesching Road, in Lake Zurich.