One person was transported by Fire Department ambulance to a local hospital late Thursday afternoon after an accident at Clark Street and Benson Avenue in downtown Evanston.

Police Sgt. Ken Carter says police received a call at 4:23 p.m. from a caller who said a woman was on the ground outside the Papa John’s Pizza shop at 824 Clark St.

Carter says officers responding to the scene learned that she had been struck in the arm as she crossed the street by a Black Mercedes turning onto Clark from Benson.

He says the driver of the car remained a the scene and officers conducted a traffic crash investigation.

The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment of her arm injury.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Meanwhile Scott Sophier and the EPD are bragging about how they are doing less traffic stops. Such a weird flex on the part of the EPD. Especially in light of the hit and run that happened on the corner of Chicago and Dempster just two weeks earlier that the EPD totally dropped the ball on during the early investigation and still have zero leads in the case. Part of the idea behind traffic stops is that it signals a deterrent to say reckless driving won’t be tolerated in this town for people passing through. With the police bragging about doing less stops it basically signals that its open season to speed though town.

    1. Drivers where violating traffic laws even when there was more enforcement of traffic laws. Police officers just can’t be everywhere enforcing laws. If you’re interested in safer streets, I suggest you look into vision zero programs that have effectively slashed injuries and deaths from traffic crashes. Take a look at what Oslo has done.

  2. We must stop referring to these incidents as “accidents,” and call them what they are: the aftermath of violent drivers. We need *criminal*—not “traffic crash” investigations whenever a motorist runs down a pedestrian. And we need to start installing infrastructure which makes this kind of vehicular violence less likely. Continuous pavements of the type installed in many cities slow traffic and remind heedless drivers that pedestrians have the right of way.

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