Services set for Schaumburg teen killed in hit-and-run - FOX 32 News Chicago

Reward offered for info on fatal hit-and-run, Schaumburg teen laid to rest

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

On the day of his funeral and burial, police announced that a reward is being offered for information leading to the motorist who fatally struck an 18-year-old northwest suburban high school student.

Mikias T. Tibebu was pronounced dead about 1 a.m. Saturday after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in a wooded residential area, according to Schaumburg police.

He was "a dedicated student with exceptional academic honors," Schaumburg High School Principal Tim Little said of Tibebu.

Police and paramedics, responding to a report of a body in the road, found Tibebu, 18, lying in the street near Schaumburg Road and Branchwood Drive about 12:38 a.m.

The first arriving officer and bystanders performed CPR in an attempt to revive the teen. And life-saving efforts were continued once paramedics arrived on the scene, but Tibebu, of the 800 bock of Westfield Lane in Schaumburg could not be revived.

A funeral service was held in Chicago on Wednesday morning at Drake and Son Funeral Home, 5303 N. Western Ave, with burial at Montrose Cemetery, 5400 N. Pulaski Rd.

Tibebu was also remembered with a moment of silence during Saturday evening's Schaumburg High School basketball game, school officials said.

Also Wednesday, police announced that a reward of up to $1,000 was being offered for information that could lead to the person responsible for Tibebu's death.

Sgt. John Nebl said it was "so important for us to get help from the public. Someone may have seen something that they don't think is important but may be a crucial piece to our investigation."

The Schaumburg Police Department's Investigations Division and Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team are being assisted by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office with this investigation.

Anyone with information should call Cook County Crime Stoppers at (800) 535-7867, or Schaumburg police at (847) 882-3534.

In a statement emailed over the weekend, Little called Tibebu "a beloved friend and athlete, Mikias was also a committed member of the cross-country and track teams."

One of his friends said, "nothing bad could be said about him. He was one of the nicest kids on the team, and always working hard. He was loved by all and will be always."

A memorial service for Tibebu will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at Schaumburg High School's main gymnasium, 1100 W. Schaumburg Rd. in Schaumburg.

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