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Car hits tree, driver ejected

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A 24-year-old Evanston man is hospitalized in critical condition after his car went out of control and hit a tree in the 100 block of Chicago Avenue Tuesday evening.

Evanston police say the man was driving southbound at a high rate of speed just before 10 p.m. when he lost control and hit the tree and a power center box that controls street lights in the area.

The driver, whose name isn't being released by police, was ejected from the car and suffered head injuries and multiple fractures.

Fire paramedics say he was unresponsive when they arrived, but they transported him to St. Francis Hospital.

He's been charged with driving under the influence.

Officials say the crash destroyed the street light control box, and that as a result lights will be out at least until Friday on both sides of Chicago Avenue from Howard Street to Juneway Terrace and on the north side of Howard from Chicago Avenue to the CTA viaduct.

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