North Riverside police last week ratcheted up their investigation of a hit-and-run accident in which a 65-year-old woman was killed after being struck by a car while crossing Desplaines Avenue at 25th Street on March 31.

Deputy Chief Lane Niemann said the department on April 12 enlisted the aid of the west suburban Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT). Sixteen officers from eight departments, including North Riverside, Riverside, Brookfield, LaGrange, Countryside, Hodgkins, Lyons and McCook were assigned specific areas to follow leads on possible vehicles and pass out fliers about the incident.

“Each agency took a section,” Niemann said. “They went looking for damaged cars, knocked on doors, talked to people and took pictures. They went to body shops to see if they had anything already in there and dropped off fliers.”

Police have a rough description of the vehicle that struck North Riverside resident Elaine Gorny as she walked home from a gas station where she bought cigarettes and groceries about 9:30 p.m. that night.

The car is described as a gray, four-door vehicle with a license plate beginning with K97. The vehicle sped away northbound from the scene of the accident. The Illinois State Police conducted a crash investigation at the scene and some evidence has been forwarded to the Illinois State Police crime lab, Niemann said.

“Hopefully, someone’s got a conscience and comes forward,” said Police Chief Anthony Garvey.

– Bob Uphues