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Investigation continues into fatal hit and run near Bureau Junction

Posted by wlpo on September 1, 2015

One teenager’s life is lost while another is fighting for his life after a hit and run in Bureau County.

Nineteen-year-old Jacqueline Martinez of Mendota died Sunday morning while at St. Margaret’s Hospital. She was taken there after being hit by an unknown driver north of Bureau Junction Sunday morning. Bureau County Sheriff Jim Reed says Martinez and three other teens were walking down a private lane when they were hit.

A 17-year-old boy in the group was flown to Peoria and was listed Monday in critical condition. The other teens were treated and released from St. Margaret’s.

Reed wants anyone with information to call the sheriff’s office or the Bureau/Putnam County Crime Stoppers. He says there were around 100 witnesses to the fatal hit and run.

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