Elaine Gorny took a stroll to the BP gas station last Thursday night, picked up a bottle of pop, a couple of coffeecake snacks, some cigarettes and a newspaper. But she never made it back home.
As she was crossing Desplaines Avenue at 25th Street at about 9:30 p.m., the 65-year-old Gorny was hit by a gray four-door car, which sped away northbound, according to witnesses who have spoken with police.
One witness reported hearing an impact and seeing the vehicle speed away northbound, getting a partial license plate number, beginning with K97.
When they arrived on the scene, police reported finding the items Gorny bought at the gas station, along with a receipt.
Paramedics transported Gorny, a resident of the 2400 block of Forest Avenue, to Loyola University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead a short time later. A spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner said Gorny, who was 4-foot-10 and 104 pounds, died of multiple injuries resulting from being struck by a motor vehicle.
“She was a good woman,” said Jerome Gorny, Elaine Gorny’s husband of 39 years. The couple moved to North Riverside from Chicago in 1968, Mr. Gorny said.
According to Mr. Gorny, his wife loved cats. While the couple had just one cat at the time of his wife’s death, at one time they kept as many as 10 cats – animals taken in from shelters and the occasional stray – in the house. She also loved to read, said Mr. Gorny.
Mr. and Mrs. Gorny raised one son, a graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School, who has served in the U.S. Navy since 1990.
According to Mr. Gorny, his son is a chief engineer on the USS Normandy, a guided-missile cruiser. He was on his way home after receiving word of his mother’s death.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
As of Monday, police did not have a suspect, but they were continuing their investigation into the case. Anyone with information is being asked to call police at 447-9191.