Car Causes Accident, Strikes Pedestrians

CHICAGO (STMW) — A witness described a “surreal” scene Friday afternoon as a car turned the wrong way at a busy Loop intersection, caused an accident, then reversed and struck two pedestrians.

An 80-year-old woman was driving south in the northbound lanes of the 200 block of North Michigan Avenue at 5:13 p.m. when she struck a vehicle, which was then pushed into another vehicle, police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said.

Two people were hospitalized, one in serious to critical condition, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Richard Rosado said.

Both victims were pedestrians — a 35-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, O’Brien said.

George Schaefer, a consultant for Sun-Times Media, was in a cab on Lake Street preparing to cross Michigan when a red car, traveling at a high rate of speed, crossed the median and attempted to go south in the northbound lanes of Michigan.

The red car struck a car head-on in the northbound lane, then took off in reverse, striking at least two pedestrians and another vehicle, and may have struck a CTA bus, said Schaefer, a northwest Indiana resident.

“Two people were struck and I saw one of them get up and try to help the other, but the second stayed on the ground,” Schaefer said.

Rosado said paramedics were called to a report of pedestrians struck by a car and took two people to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, one in good to fair condition, and one in serious to critical condition.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Roberta Waker

    So, she was 80 years old. Now get ready for hundreds of comments about how the elderly shouldn’t be driving. The only reason this made the news is because of her age; younger drivers have more than their share of accidents, but THEY don’t make the news. People should be judged on their driving record, NOT their age. If you have accidents or several moving violations within a 12 month period, you should NOT be allowed to drive no matter how old or young you are. Hope the injured recover and the cause of the accident is determined whether it be driver error or mechanical.

    • Joshua

      “The only reason this made the news is because of her age;” This is a silly statement to make. Any wrong-way accident in the Loop with pedestrians injured would make the news.

      • Roberta Waker

        This is true, but a bigger deal is being made over her age than if the driver had been younger and you know it. Next news should be about her driving record, which should be very interesting.

  • Kenny

    These old geezers should be given a driving test on a yearly basis. Especially the women, many of which were bad drivers before they got old.

    • Roberta Waker

      Someone told me it’s a requirement in Illinois for those 75 and older to be tested yearly. Is this true? Actually, anyone with two chargeable accidents or two or more moving violations in a 12 month period, should be retested and/or their license should be suspended.

      • Sad daughter

        Yes it is a requirement, they are eye and driven tested yearly. And I agree about the suspended if they have more than one ‘issue’ in a year. But I do not agree that ALL of them are bad drivers or that after a certain age they shjould not be allowed to drive, whoever make those kind of blanket statements, apperantly do not have any elderly relatives/friends. It is heartbreaking to have that discusion with an elderly parent-that they will no longer be able to come and go as they please.

    • DanielBoone

      You must not have a mom at least not one you respect.

  • DanielBoone

    First,the car didn’t cause the accident the driver did(that was a weird Headline.)Second We see drivers of all ages texting and talking on cell phones going down the road.I saw a man reading papers while going down a busy Western Ave. last week.Don’t blame the drivers age,blame their common sence.Illinios does require additional testing for older drivers.

  • Dennis

    I see elderly drivers all the time, driving slower than the flow of traffic, creating a dangerous bottleneck. Many of them change lanes without looking over their shoulder( in drivers ed, it was referred to as a head check), or making a right turn into a parking lot and damn near making a stop in the process. When in a parking lot, I see elderly people who can barely make it to the door, but they are driving. Maybe instead of additional driving tests, they should have to pass a reaction time test, or some kind of hand eye coordination test. And last but not least, whatever would be considered acceptable reaction time and coordination, should also be somehow applied to the testing of suspected DUI suspects, many of whom are less impaired than many elderly drivers. Acceptable score requirements should be the same for everyone, whether elderly or drinking.

    • same sad daughter

      Have you ever considered giving them any asistance walking? Or maybe signing up as a volunteer to drive them to get food or clothes(or a doctors appointment)? Or do you just fume and tap your fingers that they are slowing you down? You will abolutely, possitively one day be one of them(if you live long enough) and then you may find how lonely and difficult and sad it is to know you cannot really do those things any more, but have no one to assist you either,

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