Police say a car driven by a 63-year-old Wilmette woman hit several cars and a motor scooter — and left a bicyclist critically injured — in Evanston before police were finally able to stop her on Main Street in Skokie.

The incident apparently began about 10:45 this morning when the woman’s blue Toyota Corolla struck a car at Davis Street and Ridge Avenue.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says the driver of the Corolla didn’t stop and went on to hit a car at Keeney Street and Chicago Avenue and a motor scooter at 635 Chicago Avenue, before striking a bicyclist at Custer Avenue and Main Street.

The damaged car was towed to the Evanston police station.

The bicyclist is now listed in critical condition at St. Francis Hospital with head injuries. The woman riding the motor scooter, Parrott says, suffered minor injuries and went to the hospital on her own.

The driver of the car was also taken to St. Francis.

The crash involving the bicycle is being investigated by the Major Crash Assistance Team of the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force while Evanston police are investigating the other collisions.

Parrott says it’s too early to tell whether a medical condition or other factors may have been involved in the incident but that he expects charges will be filed against the driver of the Toyota.

Above: Police used spray paint to mark where the bicycle came to rest on the street after the collision in a photo submitted by an Evanston Now reader.

(Updated 12:40 p.m., 1:28 p.m., 1:46 p.m.)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Thanks for posting about this!

    Absolutely awful. I passed by there a few minutes later, with the ambulance already there and blood and broken-in-half bikes everywhere, it was a horrible scence. I sincerely hope that Wilmette driver will never be permitted to drive again.

    Also not the first hit-and-run I witnessed on Main Street. People forget Main is a residential, pedestrian, and shopping street, not just a high speed link from Chicago to the the Ridge/Green Bay/Skokie etc. Terrible to cross, life-threatening to bike on.

    Would love updates on this when they becomes available. Was the cyclist from Evanston? Is he better?

    1. Not an accident

      I witnessed the incident, and I can say for certain this wasn't a typical car-bike accident.  Never permitted to drive again?  I hope this woman spends the rest ofher life rotting in a 5×8 cell.

    2. hit and run

      The bicyclist is my brother and he is doing ok. I spoke with him on the phone today. He said he doesn't remember the incident. His face is pretty messed up but at least he is alive. One of the officers visited him in the hospital and said that he was amazed he wasn't killed.

      1. Thanks for the update, Barney

        Thanks for the update, Barney. Good to hear he's conscious and having conversations. You may be able to imagine how startling this was (and since your brother doesn't remember, please reassure him that there was a bit of a crowd of concerned people, and this most certainly ruined everyone's day – I was so worried, I think I checked the news every 15 minutes for the rest of the day to see if any updates on his health were available, and if I hadn't found anything, I would have probably marched down there today with flowers to find him). Probably a huge shock for the family, too – my thoughts are with you all. Hope he comes out on the other side with nothing but a few scars, an excellent lawyer, and not too much of a fear of getting back on his brand new bike.


        1. Thank you for your concern! I

          Thank you for your concern! I will most certainly let him know of your kind regards. It is great to hear of your small town attitude!  I often think of Chicago as a big unfriendly city (sorry) . Thankyou  and best regards to you in Chicago! Gladly he is doing well. He is very forgiving and does not harbor any ill will towards the lady.

          1. another thank you for the update

            I have also been very concerned about your brother — thank you so much for the update. I didn't witness the accidents, but the description sounded very scary. Please tell your brother that a lot of people care about him.

          2. Hi Barney, Thanks for posting

            Hi Barney, Thanks for posting. I saw your brother right before the accident, riding west on Main St and about to cross Chicago. I heard sirens a few minutes later, but didn't see the accident or think anything of the sirens until I heard about the accident later and saw the photo of his bike, which I recognized. Like the other person posting here I've been checking the news often for updates, and I'm pleased to hear that he's doing OK. 

      2. healing thoughts

        I'm glad to hear that your brother's condition is improving. Lots of folks in the local bike community are concerned and hoping he will heal well.  You might want to mention the Active Transportation Alliance crash support hotline to your brother. It's staffed by fellow cyclists who get what someone is going through when they're recovering from a crash.

  2. Hit and run

    Following the accident sites stated in the article it seems like an odd path.  Starting at Davis and Ridge then heading all the way south near the Walgreens on Chicago for two incidents and then reversing course to Custer and Main.  Finally continuing west on Main into Skokie.  Also, not sure if it is related but I was almost hit by a dark colored car around the same time as these accidents.  I was crossing at Chicago and South.  The car, traveling north ran through the red light going at least 30 MPH.  I had to literally jump out of the way but didn't get a good look at the car.

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