Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Into the woods

From the Police Blotter in Elgin:

Daily Herald Police Beat 3/4/08
Kane County
• A West Chicago woman is in critical condition after a Jeep Cherokee she was riding in hit a deer, at 10:21 p.m. Saturday on Route 31 near Elgin Street in St. Charles Township. Adela Gomez, 25, of 829 Elizabeth St., was taken to Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, as was another passenger, Juan Munoz, 20, of 171 Pearl Road, West Chicago. The deer went through the windshield. The driver of the vehicle, a man, ran away after the crash.
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Or this account from the Courier News:
New: Woman hurt in after SUV, deer collide
March 3, 2008 Courier News
From Staff Reports
A West Chicago woman remained in "extremely critical condition Monday afternoon after the vehicle she was riding in struck a deer late Saturday between South Elgin and St. Charles.
Adela Gomez, 25, of West Chicago, was a front-seat passenger in a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was southbound on Illinois 31 when it struck the deer about 10:22 p.m. in front of 7N325 Illinois 31, according to a release from the Kane County Sheriff's Office.
According to the release, the impact sent the deer into the vehicle's passenger compartment, striking Gomez. An ambulance from South Elgin transported Gomez from the scene to Provena Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin. At the time the sheriff's office issued the release, Gomez was still alive but was in extremely critical condition.
Also transported from the scene, with injuries that did not appear life-threatening injuries was Juan Munoz, 20, of West Chicago, who was a back-seat passenger. The two other back-seat passengers -- Irma Gomez Garcia, 31, and Kelly Avila, 21 months, both of West Chicago -- were treated at the scene and released, the sheriff's office said.
The sheriff's office said that before deputies arrived at the crash, the driver, a male Hispanic, fled the scene on foot. Deputies were not able to locate the driver but are actively following up on leads in an attempt to identify him.
This crash remains under investigation.
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Here's a great photo of the damage a deer can do:

Horses aren't a bargain either, as this photo suggests:

We have no photos of the actual accident in Kane County. Nor do we know why the driver ran away from the scene. Here are some multiple choice answers:

a) After the accident he needed to change his clothes.

b) He was tracking the buck off in the bushes.

c) He was going for help.

d) There was some question about his immigration status.

e) He was afraid of that mix-up last year regarding an arrest warrant.

Y'all be careful out there. The deer are active and there aren't many open spaces for them in the burbs.

1 comment:

  1. Adela Gomez died. RIP. The driver is still AWOL.