Witnesses: Man targeted in Chatham hit-and-run; driver in custody

February 13, 2013 12:26:37 PM PST
A man was hospitalized in serious condition Wednesday after being dragged in a hit-and-run crash in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood that witnesses said was intentional.

Initially, three people were taken into police custody following the incident near 83rd Street and Ingleside at approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday. Wednesday, police released two of them, but continued to question one person.

Witnesses said they believed the driver of a red car was targeting Carter when the car ran a red light, hit Carter, then dragged him on the road for about a block.

"My daughter said they jumped out of the way, and after they jumped away, the car swerved toward them," said Angela Smith, the victim's godmother. "It was not as if he was in the middle of the street. If the car would not have swerved to where he was at, the car would never have hit him."

Police, however, said they did not believe the car was used as a weapon.

Some on the scene thought Carter was killed in the collision, but he was transported to Stroger Hospital where was listed in serious condition. He suffered injuries to his face, two broken arms, a broken leg and underwent surgery Wednesday.

After the crash, police caught up with the vehicle a few blocks away from the scene. They arrested a driver and two passengers.

Extensive damage was visible to the front end of the car.

" I just heard a bunch of booming," said witness Christel Braxton. "It was like -- I don't know which way it went."

Carter is a father of one with two children on the way. His fiancee, Dashawna Bryant, talked to ABC7 Chicago outside of the hospital.

"All I can do is pray. He's been through so much more. All I can do it give it up to God, and just make sure he's OK. And that's all I've been doing, standing by his side, and giving it up to God," Bryant said.

Carter's family believes he will be OK, but he has a long journey ahead of him.

Although police released the two passengers, the driver remained in police custody Wednesday, but no official charges had been filed.

The Chicago Police Major Accident Investigation Unit is looking into the case.