By Jean Lotus
An 11-year-old Oak Park boy suffered minor injuries when he was struck by a car while crossing Harrison Street near Lyman Avenue on March 21. But afterwards, the boy's father was arrested after reportedly assaulting a firefighter at the scene of the accident.
According to police, the boy was heading to Julian Middle School at 8:15 a.m. when he attempted to cross Harrison Street in the middle of the block, stepping from between two cars stopped in traffic. In the eastbound lane of traffic, the boy was struck by an oncoming Toyota Camry, which knocked him to the street.
As emergency personnel tended to the child on the scene, police reports said, the boy's 45-year-old father, who had been contacted by someone about the accident, arrived on the scene.
When told by a firefighter his son was being treated in an ambulance, the father reportedly shook the firefighter back and forth with both hands, demanding to know the whereabouts of the driver of the Toyota.
He then allegedly grabbed a utility blade from a D-ring on the firefighter's coat, striking the firefighter in the chest and swung into the crowd yelling, "Where is the driver?" said Police Commander LaDon Reynolds.
The father was taken into custody by police and charged with aggravated battery to a firefighter. The driver of the Toyota was not charged.
The boy was taken to Rush-Oak Park Hospital complaining of abdominal pains. He was treated for minor injuries and released, according to police.