Driver cited for DUI after hit-and-run leaves man critically injured near Water Tower Place

CHICAGO — An Edgewater man is in critical condition after a hit-and-run driver struck him outside the former Hancock Building on Monday evening, Chicago police said. The driver, who was located a short time later, has been cited for driving under the influence.

The victim, 40, was struck around 6:45 p.m. as he walked away from his Nissan Rogue, which was parked on the north side of Chestnut Street between the former Hancock and Water Tower Place, according to Chicago police.

As he was crossing, the 29-year-old driver exited a passageway beneath Water Tower Place in a Nissan Altima, struck the man’s SUV, then struck him, according to a CPD crash report. EMS took the man to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with head, arms, and leg injuries. Police said he was in critical condition.

The driver was found a short time later after she crashed into several parked cars in the 300 block of West Erie, police said.

The victim’s Nissan Rogue is seen in a video frame from the crash site. | Citizen App

While police were investigating the crash on Chestnut Street, a security officer informed them that the woman struck another vehicle inside the Water Tower Place garage, according to a separate crash report.

Investigators found a vehicle on the garage’s second floor with “severe damage” that had been pushed out of its parking spot by the force of the collision, the report said. Surveillance video showed the Nissan traveling the wrong way on the ramp when it struck the vehicle.

Water Tower’s footage also allowed police to put together a description of the driver, the report said. After exiting the garage, the woman turned onto Pearson Street, cut through a driveway beneath Water Tower Place, and emerged on Chestnut, where she turned and struck the victim, according to the crash reports.

One of the reports said the woman had been cited for DUI, driving at a speed unsafe for conditions, and failure to report an accident involving injury or death.

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