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Pedestrian ‘Gravely’ Injured In Hit And Run

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Updated: 11/21/10 3:36 p.m.

CHICAGO (STMW) – A red car plowed into a pedestrian and fled the scene leaving the man with “massive head injuries’’ early Sunday in the Edgewater neighborhood on the North Side.

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The car suspected of being involved was located about 2 p.m. in a motel parking lot in the 6000 block of North Lincoln Avenue on the Northwest Side, according to an Albany Park District police lieutenant.

A police Major Accident Investigation Unit sergeant said his investigators were in contact with a person who may have been driving the car.

At 3:30 a.m. a red car that was northwest-bound on Ridge hit the man at 5959 N. Ridge Ave. and fled the scene, according to Lincoln District police Sgt. Patrick Barker.

A Chicago Fire Department firehouse is located nearby and their crews took the man to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston where he is being treated for “massive head injuries,’’ Barker said. He is in “grave” condition.

Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli described his condition as “very serious.”

There was no evidence the car left the road and went onto a sidewalk, according to Barker who said it was not raining at the time of the crash and there were no skid marks to indicate the car tried to stop.

The speed limit is 30 mph. There is a a red light camera at that intersection, but it was not immediately known if a photo was taken.

Police have witnesses that called in after the crash but as of 8:15 a.m. are still unable to talk to the victim, according to Barker.

It was not known immediately who he is. The intersection where the wreck occurred has a White Castle on one corner and an empty car wash on the other.

The police Major Accident Investigation Unit is investigating.

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