An officer witnessed the incident Monday around 7:30 a.m. near 17th and Halsted in the south suburb. Police said the driver of the white station wagon blew through a stop sign, lost control, struck a pedestrian near the railroad tracks, hit a light pole and parked van, and finally slammed into a building sign.
The pedestrian was airlifted to an area hospital in critical condition. The driver and passenger were treated at an area hospital. Officials have not released their conditions nor said if charges are expected in the case.
Chicago Heights residents say the intersection has never been much of a concern. "I don't feel a threat about it at all going through this area," Brandon Franks, Chicago Heights said.
"It is pretty calm. Not so many cars come through here. Only around like work hours and now when everybody is going home. That's about it," Reesheena Lowery, Chicago Heights resident, said.
But Franks wonders if the driver was trying to beat a train.
"Cars try to beat the trains, and they try to speed to get to the main entrance," Franks said.