On Sunday, April 6 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Evanston police responded to a hit-and-run traffic crash at the intersection of Church Street and Ridge Avenue. Police learned that a female driver in a 2007 Toyota had fled the scene of the crash, said Commander Jay Parrott of the Evanston Police Department. A short time later a second crash took place in the 600 block of Chicago Avenue where the same woman driving the Toyota struck another vehicle and a motor scooter, said the Commander. The driver of both the motor vehicle and the scooter complained of minor injuries. The person on the motor scooter drove herself to Presence St. Francis Hospital for treatment.
A third crash occurred shortly after near the intersection of Custer Avenue and Main Street when the same driver of the 2007 Toyota struck a 48-year old male bicyclist from Chicago, said Commander Parrott. “The bicyclist’s injuries were considered life threatening at the time and he was initially listed in critical condition and taken to Presence St. Francis Hospital for treatment,” said the Commander. “The bicyclist’s condition has since been upgraded to serious condition and is currently admitted in the Intensive Care Unit.”
Police were able to locate the female driver near the Evanston/Skokie border on Main St. after numerous citizen calls of the reckless behavior of the driver travelling westbound on Main Street. Subsequently, Evanston Police with assistance from Skokie Police took a 63-year old female into custody in the 4600 block of Main Street in Skokie. The woman was taken by ambulance to Presence St. Francis Hospital for treatment where she remains admitted, said Commander Parrott on April 7.
Preliminary screenings for alcohol and illicit substances in the system of the woman were negative. However, further testing will be performed from blood samples that will be sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab, said the Commander.
The woman’s vehicle sustained severe damage from the three crashes, said the Commander, but damage to the driver's door shows some type of heavy impact that is not accounted for based on the investigation of the three crashes, said Commander Parrott. Police are seeking further information as to how the door was damaged. If anyone has any information regarding an additional crash that this vehicle may have been involved in, please contact the Evanston Police Department at (847) 866-5000.