2 adults, 2 kids injured in crash

April 2, 2009 2:53:13 PM PDT
A mother and child were injured when they were thrown from the car they were riding in. They are among four people hurt when their car was hit by another vehicle early Thursday morning near the intersection of Hamlin and Chicago Avenue.

Through a hospital spokesperson, relatives of the injured say the 2-year-old child remains in critical condition after suffering severe head trauma from the early morning accident

In the meantime, Chicago Police are trying to see if surveillance video from a nearby pod camera exist that may help lead them to the hit and run driver responsible.

"I had to jump out of the way. I had to jump out of the way. I jumped out of the way and here's this accident," said Dwayne Sims.

Humboldt Park resident Dwayne Sims is still shaken by what he witnessed hours earlier: a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a mother and daughter.

Police say the mother and her 2-year-old toddler were among four people injured after a speeding SUV careened into their turning vehicle.

Sims says he was walking home around 2 o'clock on Thursday morning along Chicago Avenue when a Jeep traveling at a high rate of speed struck the blue Oldsmobile Cutliss that was making a left turn from Chicago Avenue to southbound Hamlin Avenue.

A 21-year-old female front seat passenger and the child who sat on her lap were both ejected from the car as it spun around several times from the impact and then burst into flames near the lot of a nearby Citgo gas station.

Officers arrived to find a chaotic scene.

"We also noticed that there was an adult female and also a 2-year-old female that appeared to have been ejected from the vehicle," said Officer Elizabeth Ramirez, Chicago Police Department.

Several witnesses including Sims rushed to help.

"I immediately rushed to the car because it was on firE. I pulled the door open and i grabbed the baby," said Sims.

While paramedics rushed to the woman and child to Stroger Hospital, an officer pulled a 7-week old baby from the wreckage of the burning car seemingly unhurt. Other officers then rescued the male driver of the car who was tangled in the blazing car.

"We were able to reach in through that, plus both side windows had been smashed from impact," said Officer Scott Leck, Chicago Police Department.

Investigators say the men inside the speeding SUV fled the scene. On Thursday afternoon, Dwayne Sims says his thoughts are with the mother and child as he ponders if he could have done more.

"Them individuals out there, they should step up, because babies are involved and they have been hurt," said Sims.

The 7-week-old baby is listed in good condition as is the male driver of the car. The toddler's mother is still hospitalized in serious to critical condition.


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