Naperville Man Ticketed After Being Hit By Car

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (STMW) – An incident Friday afternoon in west suburban Naperville has given a whole new meaning to the expression “running into a neighbor.”

It proved to be one of those days for Cornelius N. Whitehead. Not only did the 39-year-old man end up in the emergency room of Edward Hospital in Naperville after being struck by a car, he also earned a ticket from Naperville police for crossing the street against a traffic light.

And in another twist, it was discovered Whitehead and the driver of the car live only blocks from one another in Naperville — but nearly four miles northwest of the accident.

Naperville police Cmdr. Dave Hoffman said the crash occurred at 5:08 p.m. Friday as Whitehead was walking north on Olympus Drive toward 75th Street. Whitehead then tried to cross 75th Street in a pedestrian crosswalk while the light for traffic on Olympus Drive was red, Hoffman said.

A 32-year-old woman at the time was driving her red, 2009 Honda west on 75th Street at a normal speed and with the green light, Hoffman said. The car ended up striking Whitehead.

Paramedics took Whitehead to Edward Hospital with what Hoffman said appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Hoffman said the driver of the car was unhurt and not ticketed.

It was not known whether the two know one another.

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  • lschaibley

    I thought pedestrians had the right-of-way regardless of the light. He was in the crosswalk, a legal crossing. And why wasn’t the driver ticketed for failing to yield the right-of-way

    • Mark

      It’s a suburb-by-suburb thing. Apparently, pedestrians do not have the right-of-way in Naperville — which really is how it should be. There are as many moronic pedestrians out there as there are drivers. We expect drivers to obey rules of the road, but we don’t expect pedestrians to exhibit common sense?

    • righttrack

      But he was crossing against the light. Pedestrians are required to follow the law at a crosswalk, including waiting for the “WALK” sign, which he didn’t do.

  • mabeno

    Because the driver was cute and crying.

    • Guy Smiley

      Your an idiot. If you were there as you claim (how else would you know if the was cute) you should know the situation first hand. The guy didnt follow the law and cross when the walk sign was lit.

  • donee


    I went to Junior High School right there. 75 th street is a 4 lane, 50 mph, divided highway right there, with 20 yard setbacks to residential / school properties. Something as clumbsy as a Jeep is not going to able to avoid hitting somebody, who picks the right time to step out in front of it. At least, without the driver risking killing herself by whip-lash.

    This is about as bad as somebody trying to walk across the Eisenhower in Berwyn, for people who are unfamiliar with suburban roadways….

  • Peter

    You have to pay attention when walking across the street or parking lot. A lot of people especially in parking lots talking on their cell phones just walk out with little regard to their own safety. It doesn’t matter if you have the right-of-way. He with the largest moving mass wins!

  • Ted

    Since when does a pedestrian have the right of way against the light? If that is OK, then I guess drivers have the right of way when they blow through a red light. The rules of the road are for everyone. The whole idea is to follow them and not do something stupid like throwing yourself into traffic. I cheer the Naperville Police for giving the ticket to the idiot who caused the problem.

  • Shelia Maulding

    I work at a university and I applaud the Naperville police department for issuing the ticket. If I wasn’t on guard every minute I’m driving around campus, I would be hitting someone talking on their cell phone, texting or reading a text. while crossing a street illegally. They have no idea a vehicle is even near, nor do they care. They just expect all drivers to yield.

  • Random Dude

    Fact is this guy was walking in the middle of traffic with no common sense that its a BUSY street at peak traffic time. He is at fault. Being cute plays no role in the driver not being ticketed. Its the law that you cross when the light indicates such. So settle down and educate yourself before you post.

  • Todd

    Think about it. If someone walks in front of your car to commit suicide should you be charged with homicide because the guy was in the cross walk? No! This guy obviously was never taught by his parents not to play in traffic.

  • Jamie

    I cant stand people who do not know what they are talking about. Being in law enforcement I see this every week. Some guy or girl walks in front of a car and gets nailed. First we have to take into consideration if the individual followed the law by crossing when the “walk” sign was lit. If it was not lit then the pedestrian broke the law. Simple. I agree with Random Dude. Officers of the law do NOT revoke a ticket because the person is cute or crying. We just do not care of things like that. The driver is NOT in any way at fault.

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