Joliet woman charged after bicyclist hit, critically wounded on Near West Side, Chicago police say

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Joliet woman is charged after critically wounding a bicyclist Saturday night on the Near West Side.

A 43-year-old man was riding his bike in the 900 block of West Madison Street about 10:10 p.m. when he was struck by a Volkswagen Jetta, Chicago police said. He suffered trauma to the body and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was in critical condition, officials said.

Police said 30-year-old Courtney Bertucci, of Joliet, was traveling eastbound on Madison when she swerved into oncoming traffic due to a metal construction cover that had been placed in the roadway. When the Jetta swerved into the westbound traffic lane, she struck the man on the bike.

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She then attempted to drive away, but was stopped by nearby pedestrians, police said. Authorities say she was suspected of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

She was taken into custody by officers.

Bertucci has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, as well as issued traffic citations.

The Sun-Times Media report contributed to this post.
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