Yesterday, around 5:15 p.m., a woman driving southbound in the northbound lanes on Michigan avenue (downtown Chicago) struck two people in a crosswalk. Both pedestrians were injured.
The motorist, who is in her 80s, could be charged but so far has not. Police were still investigating the accident.
The accident happened on the 200 block of North Michigan Avenue, said Police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety.
According to the story as seen at the July 2 ChicagoTribune.com article titled “Pedestrians hurt in wrong-way crash” :
After hitting the 31-year-old woman and 35-year-old man, the motorist also struck a vehicle in the northbound lane, and that vehicle was pushed into another vehicle stopped behind it, Baety said.
Chicago Fire Department paramedics arrived on the scene and took both pedestrians to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. One person was in serious-to-critical condition and the other was in good condition, according to a spokesman.
The motorist also was taken to Northwestern, but her condition was not available.
The two drivers of the other vehicles that were struck declined to go to the hospital and were treated at the scene.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation City Summary Crash Report for Chicago, Year 2009 (the most recent data available), there is a significant number of pedestrian accidents and fatalities in Chicago.
The Michigan Avenue area, especially where this accident occurred, is one of great pedestrian and vehicular traffic.