An early morning traffic accident at Ridge Avenue and Davis Street in Evanston left five people injured today.

Fire paramedics lift an accident victim from one of the cars, which ended up on the lawn of the Methodist Pension Board building after the impact. (EFD photo by Tom Janetske.)

Evanston Fire Division Chief Tom Janetske says two passenger vehicles were involved in the accident about 1 a.m. All three Evanston ambulances and one each from Skokie and Wilmette were used to transport the victims — three to St. Francis Hospital and two to Evanston Hospital.

Janetske said some of the injuries were serious, but none appeared to be life-threatening. He said he didn’t know whether the victims are still hospitalized.

Police set up roadblocks around the scene, but given the early-morning-hour, there was little impact on other traffic.

Update 5:50 p.m., 12/14/09:

Evanston police now say the accident happened when a car southbound on Ridge ran a stoplight and struck a car that was westbound on Davis.

The southbound car then knocked over a traffic signal and ended up on the lawn of the Methodist Pension Board building.

Police have charged the driver of the southbound car, Anthony Deshaun Jackson, 26, of 9126 Keating in Skokie, with a variety of offenses, including possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, driving under the influence, failure to have insurance, failure to wear a seat belt and disobeying a traffic control device.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Ridge and Davis – very dangerous
    Third serious accident at that corner in two months. One involved a bus and and a bicyclist, another a car and a pedestrian, and now two cars. Is the setup there under study, or no?

  2. I lived in the corner of
    I lived in the corner of Ridge and Davis for nearly 9 years. The setup for cyclists crossing Ridge on the Davis intersection is treacherous, because the bike line veers to left, away from a lane for car to take a right turn — there is a point in which cars and bikes are forced to cross paths. Plus, it is surprisingly frequent in the Chicago area to see erratic drivers, who decide to take a right or left turn from the wrong side of the street. It is also very frequent in Evanston for cars to use the bike lanes to stop.

    The setup for pedestrians seems adequate. There was a never a further report of the pedestrian hit by the bus. Was she trying to beat the bus to the bus stop?

    As for the last incident, there is no design that can prevent someone intoxicated from running a red light: http://www.pioneerlocal.com/evanston/news/1934100,evanston-crash-drugs-121109-s1.article

    1. Please do not blame the victims
      I can tell you first-hand that the PEDESTRIAN hit by the CAR was crossing Ridge westbound IN the pedestrian crosswalk WITH the light. The driver of the car, turning south onto Ridge, drove straight through the pedestrian signal and hit the pedestrian, afterwards admitting she hadn’t seen the pedestrian. It was 4 in the afternoon on a mild fall day, and the pedestrian was wearing light-colored clothing. Witnesses said the driver was looking down as she turned into the crosswalk.

      As for the BUS accident, the victim was on a BICYCLE. Unlikely she was trying to beat the bus to the stop with plans to catch it.

      1. I’m not blaming the victims
        I’m not blaming the victims here. All I I said is that the intersection works for pedestrians: you have traffic signals and pedestrian crossings. It would be ideal if Evanston used smarter traffic lights and buttons for pedestrians to request a signal, but I doubt that will happen with the city finances in shambles.

        Anyhow, perhaps you have different bus accidents in mind — in the one I recall was a *pedestrian* (there was no bike in sight): http://evanstonnow.com/story/news/bill-smith/2009-09-17/bus-accident-snarls-traffic

        At any rate, my point remains the same: the intersection is adequate for pedestrians, not so much for cyclists on the bike lane. Even in a perfect intersection, you cannot prevent “user error”: intoxicated drivers/pedestrians, drivers/pedestrians not paying attention, senile drivers, etc. Some possible problems can be mitigated, e.g., not allowing cell phone talking while driving.

        1. Guess you had to be there
          It was a bicycle.

          There ARE buttons for pedestrians to request a signal at that intersection. Really of no consequence to safety.

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