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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