Oak Lawn woman’s injuries minor after getting hit by pickup truck: Cops
An elderly Oak Lawn woman suffered only minor injuries July 10 after being struck by a pickup truck while standing on the median at 108th Street and Cicero Avenue, police said.
The 77-year-old woman had cuts, swelling and contusions on her right arm and was treated and released from Christ Medical Center, according to reports.
The victim told police she was standing on the Cicero Avenue median about 9 a.m. waiting to return to work in a building on the east side of the street. She was struck from behind by a pickup truck driven by Jonathan D. Enriquez Lozano, 18, of Chicago, according to reports.
Lozano was charged with leaving the scene of a personal crash injury and failure to use due care to avoid striking a pedestrian, police said.
A witness told police he saw a red pickup truck exit the parking lot of a strip mall on the west side of Cicero Avenue near 108th Street. The truck turned left and hit the woman before heading north on Cicero Avenue, the witness said.
The witness and others assisted the woman, who was knocked to the ground.
The witness saw the truck turn east onto 108th Street and got a description of the driver before the truck headed north on Kilpatrick Avenue, police said.
Lozano was stopped at 95th Street and Pulaski Road. He initially denied knowledge of the crash and said he had not driven on Cicero Avenue, police said.
After he was identified by a witness, Lozano allegedly admitted to being at the strip mall at 108th Street and Cicero Avenue.
He said that was distracted by his cellphone as he turned onto Cicero Avenue, heard a bump, but did not see anything and drove home. He allegedly later admitted that he knew he struck a pedestrian and saw the woman lying in the street. He did not know how badly she was injured, panicked and drove away, police said.