Prosecutors: Off-duty Chicago cop crashed car into woman riding bicycle
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN email@example.com November 29, 2012 4:50PM
Updated: November 29, 2012 6:13PM
An off-duty Chicago police officer crashed his car into a young woman riding her bicycle and later blamed her for causing the accident, prosecutors said.
Michael Bergeson, 33, even called 911 twice after the Aug. 3 incident at California and Wabansia but claimed ignorance as to why she was injured, Cook County prosecutors said.
The woman was riding her bicycle at 3:25 a.m. with her boyfriend behind her when Bergeson struck her with his Ford F150, authorities said.
The victim flew over the hood of the truck and landed on the street, bleeding from her head, prosecutors said. She was in and out of conscious from the wreck.
Bergeson stepped out of the truck, called 911 without identifying himself and said “female down, reason unknown, appears to be conscious,” prosecutors said.
Two minutes later, he called 911 again. This time he said, “possible AA female injured,” authorities said.
As the ambulance approached three minutes later, Bergeson drove his truck around the victim and hit two parked cars, which caused his license plate to come off, prosecutors said.
The woman suffered multiple facial injuries, fractured bones in her foot and abrasions on her body. She had to spend two days in the hospital, prosecutors said.
The day of the accident, responding officers were able to trace the license plate to Bergeson’s home on the northwest side, prosecutors said. He didn’t answer the door and the truck was nowhere to be seen.
Two days after the accident, Bergeson filed a police report saying he was traveling northbound on California when the victim disregarded a stop sign at Wabansia and hit him, prosecutors said.
He also allegedly blamed her for his license plate falling off, but medical and forensic records indicate he was to blame for the wreck.
The officer was charged with leaving the scene of the accident involving injuries and disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.
Bergeson, who has been with the police department since 2003, was ordered held in lieu of $25,000 bail Thursday.