1 dead, 1 hurt after hit-and-run at Devon and Maplewood - FOX 32 News Chicago

Father killed, brother-in-law hurt after North Side hit-and-run

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Photo courtesy of Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce. Photo courtesy of Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

One man was killed and his brother-in-law was injured Monday evening after they were struck by a car during a hit-and-run collision in the West Ridge neighborhood on the North Side.

Tsering Dorjee, 44, was pronounced dead at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston at 11:30 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Dorjee received his U.S. citizenship last month after immigrating from India 18 years ago, said his wife, Kalsang Wangmo. 

He was the vice president of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce and worked for almost 14 years in the Cook County Clerk's office, she said.

Cook County Clerk David Orr released a statement regarding Dorjee's death:

"Tsering Dorjee was a much-loved member of my Vital Records staff since 1998. Tsering was an incredibly kind soul and dedicated public servant. News of his death this morning brought his coworkers to tears. Our deepest condolences go to his wife, children and family. He will be dearly missed."

Dorjee was named ''employee of the year" in 2008. Tuesday, his desk was empty and his co-workers heartbroken.

Wangmo's brother, Dakpa Jorden, 46, was also injured in the collision and suffered a fractured neck and leg, she said.

The two men were crossing a street near West Devon and North Maplewood about 6 p.m. when they were stuck by a motorist driving a dark-blue Volkswagen Beetle bearing Illinois license plate P121817, police said.

Dorjee, the former president of the Chicago Tibetan Society, met his wife in India when they were 8 or 9. 

For stay-at-home mom, Kalsang Wangmo, the concern now is for her three sons, ages 6, 3 and 1. Two of her children suffer from health problems and with no income; she's scared for their future.

"I have only these three little boys. I have to survive for my kids," Wangmo said.

In response, Dorjee's colleagues have opened a memorial fund for the family.

Wangmo says her husband went beyond as a father and hopes the driver will come forward.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call the Major Accident Investigation Unit at (312) 745-4521.

 

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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