A River Forest police officer is hospitalized and recovering from serious injuries suffered the morning of Dec. 30 while en route to an emergency call.

Police Chief Frank Limon said Officer Michael Victor was driving eastbound on Division with his siren and lights on, responding to a call of shots fired or a possible stabbing at the 7-Eleven, Division and Harlem. At the intersection of Division and Park, his squad car collided with another car in the intersection, sending the squad into a tree.

Limon said Victor’s injuries, while serious, were not considered life-threatening. Victor underwent surgery for a broken leg, and remained at Loyola over the weekend, where he continues to be evaluated by physicians.

Other sources said Victor also suffered minor head injuries and a compound fracture or fractures in the foot and ankle area. Doctors reportedly stabilized the officer’s lower leg, but further surgery will be required. He could be off-duty for six months.

A preliminary investigation determined that the driver of the other vehicle, Kay J. Fitzgerald, 60, of River Forest, was driving north on Park and allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign. She was cited for failure to yield to a stop sign, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and for damage to village property, both the squad car and the tree.

Limon said the incident Victor was headed to proved to be an “unfounded call.”

“No one was shot or stabbed,” he said.

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