CHICAGO (CBS) — The father of a 25-year-old woman who was left paralyzed after a friend drove his car over an embankment following a night of drinking, said he can’t understand how her friend just left her there and took a cab home to Naperville.
WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports four people were hospitalized on Sept. 13, after the car they were in sped off the end of the road along the 700 block of West Erie Street, and dropped onto a set of railroad tracks below.READ MORE: Chicago Police Union President Urges Aldermen To Repeal Mayor's Vaccine Mandate For City Workers; 'This Tyrant At The Top Needs To Stop What She’s Doing'
Cook County prosecutors said 28-year-old Philip Cho was driving, and left his four passengers in the crumpled car, then hailed a cab to flee the scene.
The five friends had been out at a nearby club Saturday night and early Sunday morning, and prosecutors said Cho’s passengers were pleading with him to slow down as he sped along Erie just before the crash.
Kelsey Ibach, 25, was left paralyzed from the waist down. Her father, Bob Ibach, called Cho a coward.
“I just can’t understand in my heart how somebody can leave, and run off across railroad tracks, catch a cab, and go back to Naperville, and leave all those people there, and my daughter pleading in the back seat – she told me – to please call 911. He ran off. I can’t wrap my hands around that at all,” he said.