UPDATE: Suspect in custody in hit-and-run death of correctional officer
A suspect is in custody in Wednesday night’s hit-and-run death of a popular Cook County correctional officer, struck and killed as she walked to work at the Cook County Jail, sources said. Nikkii Bostic-Jones, 37, was hit around 10:50 p.m. Wednesday while crossing the street outside the jail on her way to work, officials said.
A Cook County sheriff’s correctional officer died after a hit-and-run incident Wednesday night outside the county jail, officials said.
Nikkii Bostic-Jones, 38, was struck about 10:50 p.m. while she was crossing the street in the 2900 block of South California on her way to work, officials said.
The woman was hit by a full-sized gray van, possibly a Chevrolet with white and blue stripes, said Cook County sheriff’s office spokesman Frank Bilecki. Bostic-Jones flew into another lane and was then hit by a sheriff’s car, sources said. She also was pinned under the sheriff’ vehicle. The van sped off.
She was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital where she later died, officials said.
The woman’s sister, Andrell Bostic, 28, urged the person responsible for the accident to step forward.
“They need to turn themselves in,” she said. “They took a great person’s life. . . She’s all we had. It’s just not real.”
Andrell said her sister loved her job. They had talked earlier that day.
“We always talked about everything,” she said.
Andrell said her sister was married and had a 6-year-old daughter.
Friends gathered at Mount Sinai hospital early Thursday after learning about the tragic accident.
One woman who said she used to work with the victim said was “a beautiful person.”
“It’s just unbelievable,” said the woman, who asked not to be named.
“They need to do something about that road,” the former co-worker said, tears welling in her eyes. “It’s dangerous. It’s dark, and no one does anything to make people slow down.”
A small group of employees at the jail also gathered near the scene.
One woman emerged from a car and asked, “She didn’t make it, did she?”