A Southwest Side hit-and-run car accident left a pedestrian critically injured yesterday afternoon. The pedestrian accident occurred around 2 p.m. yesterday when a car hit a man on the 2600 block of South Christiana Avenue. The motorist them fled the scene and left the pedestrian injured in the road.
Emergency crews arrived to the scene and took the man to Mount Sinai Hospital. The Chicago Tribune reports that he is in critical condition. No word of his progress or age has been reported.
According to the American Hospital Association, “critical condition” means that a patient’s vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patients in critical condition have unfavorable indicators, such as brain injuries, and may be unconscious. Difficulty arises with the definition because media reports often differentiate between patients with “critical” and “life-threatening” injuries, but the AHA does not recognize this difference.
This is one of many serious pedestrian accidents which occurred in the Little Village neighborhood lately. In late August, a 79-year-old woman was fatally struck at the intersection of 26th street and Avers Avenue. She was pronounced dead upon her arrival at Mount Sinai Hospital.
The driver in that case remained on the scene and was cited for fatally striking the pedestrian. It is unclear whether a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against that motorist.