Girl On Divvy Bike Says Choose-Up Truck Driver Hit, Significantly Injured Her In Logan Sq. – Block Membership Chicago
LOGAN SQUARE — In a matter of seconds, a routine bike trip to work turned life-altering for 28-year-old Marguerite Wynter.
Wynter was using a Divvy bike Monday to her job on the Museum of Modern Artwork, as she usually does, when she mentioned a pick-up truck driver hit her. She was rushed to the hospital, the place she had mind surgical procedure after medical doctors found she was bleeding from her mind.
As Wynter recovers at residence, she and her household are asking witnesses to come back ahead to assist them piece collectively what occurred. Due to her critical head accidents, Wynter doesn’t keep in mind a lot.
They’d additionally prefer to thank the neighbors who got here to Wynter’s support and known as 911.
“It’s a heroic act to take motion and dial a quantity that saved her life,” mentioned Ann Phelan, Wynter’s mom.
On Monday afternoon, Wynter left her Logan Sq. residence and picked up a Divvy bike close to the Logan Sq. Blue Line station to move to work. She’s been working from residence because of the pandemic, however she wanted to go in that day.
Wynter solely rode for just a few seconds via the Logan Sq. visitors circle and towards Milwaukee Avenue when a truck “got here out of nowhere” at Kedzie Avenue and Logan Boulevard — close to Lula Cafe — and abruptly she was unconscious.
“That’s actually all I keep in mind. The subsequent factor I knew I used to be in an ambulance and I assumed I used to be dreaming,” Wynter mentioned.
In accordance with the police report and a police spokesman, the driving force of a Ford F150 truck was going south when, simply after 3:30 p.m., he “heard a noise on the appropriate aspect of his truck,” he informed officers. The motive force “instantly pulled over” and found Wynter on the bottom. He informed police he didn’t know whether or not he hit her.
Wynter “appeared very confused” and couldn’t inform responding officers what occurred, in response to the report.
Makes an attempt to succeed in the pick-up truck driver had been unsuccessful Friday. Police couldn’t instantly reply extra questions in regards to the incident.
Wynter, who was not carrying a helmet, doesn’t keep in mind getting hit. She suffered a concussion on high of different accidents. However she believes the pick-up truck driver hit her.
“This automotive was going to go down Kedzie and utterly will need to have not seen me and hit me. That’s the best way I perceive it. I didn’t see something coming,” Wynter mentioned.
“I can’t be one hundred pc as a result of my reminiscence of the accident is totally gone, however I actually do assume it was a collision. I don’t assume I had already fallen.”
‘I Thought, OK, She’s Lifeless’
Wynter spent three days at Illinois Masonic Medical Heart. She suffered a fractured cranium and injury to her temporal lobe. Medical doctors later found she was bleeding from her mind and rushed her into emergency surgical procedure.
“Each time I acquired a name from Illinois Masonic I assumed, ‘OK, she’s lifeless. My mother is kind of aged, and if I inform my mother then she’s going to die, so I’m going to have a double funeral,’” Phelan mentioned.
However the surgical procedure went in addition to it may’ve gone, and Wynter is again residence recovering, a lot to the reduction of her household.
“It’s an emotional curler coaster. It’s simply loads of emotional trauma associated to this,” Phelan mentioned. “Seeing her hair gone, seeing the scar, the ache she’s in — she’s in excruciating ache. The violation of being in your area and having that intrusive expertise. …”
The highway to a full restoration is lengthy. Wynter is being evaluated for bodily and speech remedy. Her employer, the Museum of Modern Artwork, informed her to take as a lot time as she must heal.
“It’s simply going to take loads of time for my swelling to return to regular. I’m very sluggish proper now. I’ve an enormous scar on my head. … I’m simply very grateful that nothing occurred to my mind,” Wynter mentioned.
“Clearly it’s very nerve-wracking to get surgical procedures like this. I’m not one which’s been within the hospital in my life in any respect. It was simply very overwhelming.”
‘I’d Love To Simply Know What Occurred’
Wynter was hit within the notoriously complicated and harmful Logan Sq. visitors circle, which has been the topic of resident complaints for years.
The circle noticed 121 crashes 2011-2015, in response to Chicago Division of Transportation information. In 2016 alone, the circle noticed 34 crashes, in response to the Illinois Division of Transportation. The information solely contains reported crashes and never the numerous near-misses seen every day within the space.
After years of planning, the city will soon give the intersection a complete overhaul and will re-route traffic to make it safer for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers. Development is predicted to start within the spring.
Wynter, who’s from Massachusetts however has lived in Chicago for 3 years, mentioned she’s ridden a Divvy bike via the circle many instances and has by no means had an issue till Monday.
“I perceive rotaries are very scary and possibly some individuals don’t know tips on how to drive on them. I’ve by no means actually skilled this, why automobiles wouldn’t decelerate,” she mentioned.
In Wynter’s case, it’s unclear who was at fault. Of their report, police didn’t explicitly say the pick-up truck driver hit Wynter; simply that he heard a noise on the appropriate aspect of his truck and located Wynter on the bottom. Requested in regards to the standing of the investigation, police spokesman Anthony Spicuzza mentioned he couldn’t present any additional info.
Shifting ahead, Wynter and her mom are hoping to attach with the neighbors who witnessed the crash to allow them to decide what steps to take. If there may be adequate proof that helps Wynter’s story, the household could take authorized motion in opposition to the driving force.
“I’d love to only know what occurred,” Wynter mentioned. “I simply want to actually transfer ahead from this, however it could be good to know what occurred. I don’t keep in mind something.”
Phelan posted about Wynter’s crash on a neighborhood Fb web page and some neighbors commented that they both known as 911 or helped in some regard through the aftermath. Phelan mentioned she’d additionally prefer to personally thank these neighbors.
“She has this wonderful connection to Logan Sq.. She feels a part of the group,” Phelan mentioned. “We simply love Logan Sq. and I’m so grateful that individuals locally got here to assist her.”
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