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Driver, 84, Ticketed After Chinatown Crash Hospitalizes Teen, 18

By Casey Cora | January 6, 2015 1:35pm
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CHINATOWN — The driver of an SUV that struck an 18-year-old woman and sent her to the hospital in critical condition has been ticketed, authorities said.

Charles Hopkins, 84, of Richton Park, was cited for failing to exercise due care while driving in the presence of a pedestrian, police said. He's scheduled to appear in traffic court March 16. 

Police said Hopkins was behind the wheel of a Ford Escape headed south on Wentworth Avenue at 12:53 p.m. Monday when he struck the unidentified 18-year-old woman, who stepped out into the busy roadway from between two parked cars.

"As a driver you're supposed to slow down for pedestrians in the roadway. As a pedestrian you're not supposed to walk in the roadway without being in the crosswalk," said Officer Janel Sedevic, a Chicago Police spokeswoman. 

The woman was rushed to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said.

An update on her condition was not immediately available. 

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