Employees at Lawrence’s Fish and Shrimp in East Pilsen held a fundraiser for a coworker who was critically injured in an October hit-and-run.
Larry Wilson has been with the restaurant for nearly two decades. He is a Vietnam veteran who is still in the hospital after being critically injured in a hit-and-run on October 25.
A white Mercedes Benz driving north in the 4600 block of South Ashland Avenue struck an unoccupied parked car, which was pushed onto the curb and struck the 63-year-old as he was walking, according to police. On his way to his overnight shift at the restaurant, he stopped in Back of the Yards.
Wilson’s coworkers have come together to support him as he recovers, holding a “Jams for the Fam” fundraiser featuring Wison’s favorite House music.
“Yes, we’re a business, but I think we’re really family here,” said general manager Daniel Hernandez.
“It’s nothing. He’s not here, you can tell “Valencia Green, a supervisor and close friend, spoke up.
So, on Veterans Day, the restaurant held a fundraiser to support the man who served in Vietnam with a return that they hope matches his sacrifice and years of service both overseas and here at Lawrence’s Fish and Shrimp.
Hernandez lamented, “He was proud to serve his country,”
“We’re always thinking about you, and we hope you’ll return to be the Larry you’re supposed to be. We miss you terribly!” Green stated.
According to police, after Wilson was hit, the suspected driver continued driving, hitting two other parked cars, including Wilson’s, before getting out and fleeing.
Nobody is being held. An investigation is currently underway.
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