4 hospitalized after crowd beats driver who struck ATV rider near Montrose Harbor

Four people were hospitalized after a driver struck an ATV rider with his car and bystanders then pulled the motorist from his vehicle and beat him near Montrose Harbor on Thursday evening, police said.

Videos posted to social media show a sedan that smashed into an ATV on a bridge in the 4500 block of North Simonds Drive. At least four motorcycles and another ATV were strewn across the bridge as police investigated the scene around 10 p.m.

Police said three men were riding in a black Honda Civic when it crashed into a dirt bike that a 31-year-old man was riding at 9:45 p.m.

After the collision, a group of men pulled the 20-year-old driver from the Civic, put him in a chokehold, and beat him in the face with their hands and feet, a police spokesperson said. He is in serious condition at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The other two occupants of the car and the ATV operator were taken to Masonic in unspecified conditions, police said.

The first officers on the scene reported three people were on the ground, and at least one was unconscious. Police at the scene said CPD’s Major Accident Investigations Unit, which handles crashes that involve serious injury or death, had been contacted.

A police spokesperson said no one is in custody, however, police records provided to CWBChicago show two people have been detained. CWBChicago will post updates as more information becomes available.

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