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Sheriff's deputies seek man who fled Sycamore accident

Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 10:59 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 2:29 a.m. CST

SYCAMORE – Two days after the crash, Debra Terpin still was having headaches.

The 53-year-old Sycamore resident and driver of a Chevrolet Malibu involved in a crash on Plank Road early Saturday said she doesn’t understand how someone could flee the scene of an accident.

Police still are looking to identify the driver who they say rear-ended Terpin’s car near Devine Way, which started when a semitrailer hit an icy patch and went off the road. The semi jack-knifed, its trailer blocking the road, which caused Terpin to swerve out of the way and into a snow bank.

Terpin had just spoken with a 911 operator and her husband when a red Ford F-250 pickup truck slammed into the rear of her car, she said.

“My phone went flying, my head went flying, so did my glasses,” she said. “The driver got out of his truck and took off running.”

She said her car was totaled.

Two men were in the pickup but neither spoke English, Terpin said. Someone at the scene was able to translate what the men said in Spanish, she said.

A DeKalb woman was the registered owner of the truck, but witnesses told police a man was driving it at the time of the crash, said Gary Dumdie, DeKalb County Sheriff’s chief deputy.

Witnesses saw the man who fled the scene running toward Sycamore, Terpin said.

Terpin said she suffered a concussion in the crash and still has pain in her knees and left arm. She has to wait until police give her the full report of what happened for insurance companies to investigate who is at fault. In the meantime, she has to carpool with her husband to her job in Elgin.

“It infuriates me how people [bypass] the law,” Terpin said. “Now, look who’s going to have to pay the price: Me.”

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