CHICAGO (WLS) — Employees of Lawrence’s Fish and Shrimp in East Pilsen held a fundraiser for their colleague, a military veteran who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run in October.
Larry Wilson has worked at the restaurant for almost 20 years. He is a Vietnam veteran and remains hospitalized after being seriously injured in a hit-and-run on the night of October 25.
Police say a white Mercedes Benz traveling north in the 4600 block of South Ashland Avenue struck an unoccupied parked car, which was pushed onto the sidewalk and struck the 63-year-old man as he He was walking. He had stopped at Back of the Yards on his way to his night shift at the restaurant.
As Wilson recovers, his co-workers banded together to support him, hosting a “Jams for the Fam” fundraiser that featured Wison’s favorite house music.
“Yes, we are a company, but I think we really are a family here,” said Daniel Hernandez, general manager.
“It’s a void. You can tell it’s not there,” said Valencia Green, supervisor and close friend.
So the restaurant held a fundraiser on Veterans Day to support the man who served in Vietnam with a return he hopes matches his sacrifice and years of service to both overseas and right here at Lawrence’s Fish and Shrimp.
“He was proud to serve his country,” Hernandez said.
“We’re still thinking of you, and we hope you know you’ll come back and be the Larry you were meant to be. We miss you so much!” said Green.
After Wilson was hit, police said the suspected river continued to flow, hitting two other parked cars, including Wilson’s, before getting out and driving away.
No one is in custody. An investigation is underway.
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