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CTU picketer struck by car in West Town; second hit in two days

Updated: September 12, 2012 4:06PM

A striking Chicago Public Schools teacher was struck by a car and seriously injured in the middle of a West Town neighborhood street Wednesday morning.

Just before 8 a.m., the 62-year-old man was participating in a Chicago Teachers Union picket in the 2400 block of West Chicago Avenue, according to police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

He was in the middle of the road with a picket sign in his hand when a 2005 Ford Focus sideswiped him, causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement, Estrada said.

The teacher was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he was in the trauma unit being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The driver of the car, 27-year-old Joseph Holloway of the 400 block of West Goethe Street, was cited for driving without a license and failure to exercise due care for pedestrians, Estrada said.

Police said it was not known if the teacher was standing in the middle of the street or crossing it when he was hit by the car. The teacher works at Burr Elementary School at 1621 W. Wabansia, according to CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin.

He is the second CTU picketer to be hit by a car in as many days, Gadlin said.

On Tuesday a female teacher at Morgan Park High School at 111th and Vincennes was struck by a car while picketing. The teacher was taken to a local hospital, but Gadlin did not have additional details on the incident.

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