Charges Pending For City Truck Driver Who Hit Pedestrians

CHICAGO (STMW) — A city laborer lost control of a work truck and struck a toddler and several pedestrians –some of whom were models in a wedding photo shoot Saturday afternoon in the Gold Coast neighborhood.

Charges are pending for the motorist but have not been filed as of 9 a.m. Sunday, according to police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety. Though they are expected to be felony charges, it was not disclosed what type of charges are forthcoming.

A child, about 2 years old, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Children’s Memorial Hospital. Seven others were hurt, including two who were “very critically injured,” police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

One of the “very critically” injured victims was the toddler’s caretaker, a woman in her 20s, Mirabelli said. She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The wreck happened about 12:20 p.m. at 6 E. Cedar St., Mirabelli said. It was not a hit-and-run.

“We had a vehicle that struck four adults and one child,” Mirabelli. “The driver lost control.”

A city Department of Streets & Sanitation worker driving a Ford F-150 work pickup truck north on State Street lost control of the truck at the three-way intersection of Rush, Cedar and State streets, Mirabelli said. It was not known why the driver lost control.

The pedestrians were on the southeast corner of that intersection.

“He collided with this photo shoot and any bystanders nearby,” the officer said.

The motorist was among those hospitalized, but Mirabelli did not know how badly he was hurt. It was not immediately known if he had the green light at that intersection.

A photographer shooting several pedestrians modeling a wedding was also injured.

“The ‘bride and groom’ did not sustain life-threatening injuries,” Mirabelli said.

The child was initially taken in serious to critical condition to Children’s Memorial Hospital, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Richard Rosado said.

One other victim was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious to critical condition, Rosado said. Three people were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital — two in serious to critical condition and one who was in good condition.

Three others were taken to Saint Joseph Hospital — two in fair condition and another in good condition, Rosado said.

An EMS Plan I, which automatically sends at least five ambulances to the scene, was secured at 12:52 p.m., Rosado said.

No citations have been filed as of 3 p.m.

The police Major Accident Investigation Unit is investigating.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • R.e.Johnson

    Who is this laborer?Does he have any political protection?Not being mean,just asking a question.

  • Tyrone Williams

    I worked for the city as a motor truck operator. Why was a laborer driving the truck anyway?

  • Arjay

    He works for the City! Of course he has protection. Why is he not charged 24 hours after the incident? Waiting for him to sober up?

  • vigvee

    No such thing as an accident in this day and age now os there?



    • phil

      this guy wasn’t a driver, he was a drunk LABOR… that the city lets drive pick-ups

  • J. Lewis

    I was at the scene when it happened…..the guy WAS drunk as a skunk!!!!! One of the officers told me he blew a 2.85 blood alcohol …… I can’t see how any protection of government or union can bail him out of this one!!!!!!!! When he was trying to talk to me, he couldn’t even talk normal he was so plastered!!!!!! Then as all these people lying on the ground bleeding, he went and sat in the truck and lit up a cigerette!!!!!!!

  • tom Sharp

    Don’t worry about this moron, he did it with a vehicle, not a gun, and he is political. If he was Joe Blow and used a gun, he’d be looking at 10 to 20 years or more. Ergo, Slap-on-the-wrist time at City Hall.

  • Joe Patroni

    it takes a while for felony review to approve charges. He will likely be charged with felony aggravated DUI. There are a lot of elected officials and judges, (ie Justice Heiple) police and prosecutors, physicians, defense lawyers, etc who have been criminally charged AND convicted with DUI. The case is being handled correctly. Relax folks, don’t get your undies in a bunch.

    • tom Sharp

      Joe, hope you’re right, but it would be a very rare occurrence if you are. Look at the moron ex-city hall connected bum that ran over his cab driver 3 times, killed him, and got out of jail in less than 3 years. That’s clout-connected justice. If this guy has clout, He’ll be out before the next Presidential election.

  • wondering

    Why NO pic or name???
    is it because he`s a _ _ _ _ _ man

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