Evanston police say a 26-year-old female Northwestern University student was seriously injured about 3:10 this afternoon when she was struck by a car as she crossed Clark Street downtown.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the student was crossing the street at mid-block between Chicago and Orrington avenues when a car driven by a 44-year-old Evanston woman, making a left turn onto westbound Clark from an alley, struck her.

Dugan says the pedestrian was unconscious when officers arrived and was transported by Fire Department paramedics to Evanston Hospital where she’s listed in serious condition with a head injury.

Clark Street from Chicago Avenue to Sherman Avenue is expected to remain closed for another hour or so while the Major Crash Assistance Team investigates the accident.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. It’s very difficult to see

    It’s very difficult to see coming out of that alley to turn onto Clark.  I hope the student will be okay, and the city will review the parking on that street. 

  2. Signals ?

    Story did not say but every day I see cars coming out of that alley not using signals. The alley is narrow and you can’t tell from the angle of the cars whether they will turn left, right or even straight. But then I only see 1/3 of cars using signals anywhere even left on/off Sheridan. When I first saw the story I assumed, as I see once a week, a car going west on Elgin, turning left and going around the divider at Elgin and so they can drive down Clark, or coming north on Orrington in same right lane and run over the divider, then turn west on Elgin. There are no left turn signs to warn again both these.

    1. That whole area is messy

      That whole area Sheridan, Clark, Elgin, Emerson to Ridge is full of too many cars and students trying to cross between them. The new intersection Ridge/Emerson backs up and makes that Maple/Benson area a mess too. I’ve just stopped driving through there altogether when traffic is heavy and either leave downtown on Davis or go up to Noyes. Cutting across Chicago to Ridge is just awful now.

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