A 52-year-old man has been hurt in a Chicago area pedestrian accident after being hit by a driver who was on her cell phone, according to the Chicago Tribune. The pedestrian, David Paradiso of Berwyn, sustained a fractured leg, scalp injuries and a broken collarbone.
The accident happened on Monday around 7 PM at the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Longcommon Road, which is on the border of Berwyn and Riverside. The driver, also of Berwyn, was southbound on Harlem when she ran a red light at the intersection. Witnesses reportedly saw her on her cell phone.
As she went through the red light and struck an eastbound vehicle, and then hit the pedestrian. The investigating police officers charged the defendant with aggravated reckless driving, and she was released on $5000 bond on Wednesday.
Riverside police are stating that drugs or alcohol did not play a role in the crash, but that she was not paying attention and distracted by cell phone use at the time. Police referred to her actions as grossly negligent. She is due in court this Monday.
This is not the only serious pedestrian collision this week. On Thursday morning 78-year-old man was killed in a Chicago pedestrian accident, according to WGN news. It happened near the intersection of Irving Park Road and Oakley just before 10 AM. The victim, Frank Groszek, was rushed to Illinois Masonic hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The crash investigation is being handled by the Chicago Police Department’s major accident investigation unit. The driver involved ticketed for driving to fast for conditions.
It was not reported in if a Chicago pedestrian accident lawyer is involved yet in either of the above cases.