Hit and run Chicago: Cook County Crime Stoppers, family offers reward in Sauganash crash that killed Taha Khan

CHICAGO (WLS) — The family of a 5-year-old boy killed in a hit-and-run accident on the North West Side last month are still hoping for justice in his case.

“It’s my little baby who died outside my house and it’s terrible, it’s very terrible. Please help us,” said the child’s mother, Misbah Khan.

Taha Khan was hit by two vehicles near Cicero and Devon in Sauganash on August 10, authorities said.

Police said a red SUV seen in the trail photo was heading north when the driver hit the boy and drove off.

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The child was struck a second time when the impact threw him into the path of another vehicle, but the driver of that vehicle stopped to provide assistance.

Taha was rushed to an area hospital and died hours later.

“By taking this life, the person actually took all of our lives,” said the boy’s father, Shahzad Khan.

Cook County Crime Stoppers joined Taha’s family on Saturday as they handed out flyers and made a statement.

“Share the information – what they know, all the little details, whatever,” Shahzad said.

They went door to door in the Edgebrook-Sauganash neighborhood in hopes of uncovering new information that could lead to an arrest before the case cools.

There is now a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

“Pick up the phone and call us. Renounce the information you have heard. Tell us what you know,” said George McDade of Cook County Crime Stoppers.

The kindergarten-to-be parents made their appeal on the eve of what would have been their youngest son’s 6th birthday.

“We always played together and Monday was supposed to be his birthday,” Taha’s brother Mujtava Khan said.

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The Khan family considered Taha their miracle baby. After he was born, he spent 15 days in intensive care and only started talking a few months ago.

They say Taha was a curious and engaging kid who wanted to be a policeman when he grew up.

And although his parents know that nothing will bring their son back, they don’t want to lose any more innocent lives.

“I want everyone to remember him. He’s a strong and very brave boy,” Misbah said. “I don’t know how we live, but for him, yes, we can fight.”

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Mark M. Gagnon