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Woman, infant struck by vehicle in Lincoln Park

Updated: October 15, 2012 3:22PM

A woman and an infant were critically injured Monday morning when they were struck by a vehicle in Lincoln Park.

The accident occurred at 11:45 a.m. in the 2400 block of North Clark Street, police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak said.

The woman was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Kubiak said. The infant, believed to be seven or eight months old, was taken in critical condition to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Tiya Batochir was at work in a nail salon on the west side of North Clark, when she heard tires screeching.

“I saw the little boy and his stroller pretty much roll and fall in front of the store,” said Batochir.

Batochir said she ran outside to see a woman and the child lying in the street. A four-door Toyota sedan was stopped in the southbound lanes. Batochir said the impact tore a wheel off the stroller, but neither the child nor the woman appeared to be seriously injured. Both remaind on the ground until paramedics arrived, Batochir said.

Sean Tehrani, the owner of nearby restaurant Basil Leaf, said he’d learned from talking to people at the scene that a woman and a grandson were in the middle of a crosswalk when they were hit. The driver appeared to be “devastated” as he waited for paramedics to arrive, Tehrani said.

“He was standing there, checking to make sure the kid was OK,” Tehrani said. “He was looking at the kid, shaking his head. He didn’t know what to do.”

The male driver, whose name was not immediately available, was issued two citations for striking pedestrians in the roadway.

Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire

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