4 pedestrians among 6 injured in River North traffic crash

Chicago — Six people, including four pedestrians, were injured when two cars collided and one of the vehicles ran onto a crowded River North sidewalk Saturday evening, Chicago police said. The crash was captured on a passing vehicle’s rear-facing camera system.

It happened at the intersection of Ontario and Wabash around 7:49 p.m.

Moments after the car carrying the video camera passes through the intersection, traffic stops as the signals change.

A Toyota Prius heading north on Wabash enters the intersection after getting the green light. But the driver of a westbound Chevy fails to stop for its red light, slams into the Prius, and then careens onto a sidewalk, striking pedestrians off-camera.

Incredibly, seconds after the collision, a person stands up and walks away from the impact site. It is not clear where that person came from. A witness told CWB Chicago that people at the crash scene said the person had been riding on the outside of the Chevy when it crashed.

Chicago police said two men and a woman in the Chevy ran from the scene.

The Prius’ driver escaped injury, but a man and a woman, both 30, who were in his car were taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition, according to CPD.

A 26-year-old woman on the sidewalk is in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Three other pedestrians are in good condition, according to Chicago police: two 30-year-old men and a 28-year-old man.

CPD’s major accident unit is investigating the crash.

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