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Man struck in Stevenson crash is Chicago police recruit

A Good Samaritan who is a Chicago police recruit was hospitalized after he was struck by a vehicle as he pulled over to help someone involved in a crash on the Stevenson Expressway early Friday. The driver of the striking vehicle told police he fell asleep at the wheel.

Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli confired the man injured is a police recruit, and was given his police star with 54 other recruits during a ceremony last Friday. His name and further details are not being released as of late Friday morning, Mirabelli said.

The incident happened about 12:45 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) at Damen Avenue, Illinois State Police District Chicago Master Sgt. Devin Stokes said.

A single vehicle had crashed into a median at that location, and a man driving past pulled over to try to help the driver, Stokes said. After the man got out of his car, another vehicle -- a Pontiac Grand Am -- struck him.

The man struck, an adult whose age was not immediately available, was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County for head trauma, but the injury is not thought to be life-threatening, Stokes said.

The victim was transported by Chicago Fire Department ambulance in an unidentified condition to Stroger, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Richard Rosado said.

The 26-year-old male driver of the striking vehicle told police he fell asleep. His name was not being released Friday morning, but he is from Chicago. The motorist was not hurt in the crash and has been cited with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving without a valid license, improper lane usage, and failure to yield to a pedestrian, Stokes said.

The motorist involved in the first crash was not injured and that vehicle was towed, Stokes said.

The road was clear and dry with no rain at the time of the crash. Drugs and alcohol are also not suspected in the crash, Stokes said.

Illinois State Police are investigating.