Accident at Austin and Augusta boulevards. | Photo by Michelle Follows

A woman and toddler were injured in a traffic collision around 8:17 a.m., Sept. 13, when a Chevy Impala crashed into their SUV at the intersection of Austin Boulevard and Augusta Street.

Commander Paul Kane of the Oak Park police department told Wednesday Journal that the woman and toddler were transported to Loyola University Medical Center. While he doesn’t know the extent of their injuries, they are believed to be non-life threatening.

“All I was told was they’re going to be OK,” Kane said.

The SUV was traveling westbound on Augusta Street, when it was hit by an Impala, going northbound on Austin Boulevard. The Impala’s driver allegedly ran the red light. The impact of the crash caused the SUV to roll over in traffic and hit another vehicle. The SUV ended up on the northwest corner of the intersection, damaging a wrought iron fence, according to Kane.

As the accident happened on the Chicago side of the boulevard, the Oak Park police are not handling the incident. Kane did not have information as to whether the Impala driver or the occupant, or occupants, of the vehicle struck by the SUV sustained any injuries.

Aggravated vehicular hijacking

An armed offender in a black ski mask approached a male victim and demanded the keys to his Honda CRV; the victim then threw the keys away from the vehicle, as the first offender and a second ran toward the keys, with one pushing the victim to the ground at 11:38 a.m., Sept. 3 in the 400 block of South Elmwood Avenue. The offenders got the keys and fled in the victim’s vehicle. The estimated loss is $16,000.

Home invasion

A woman was awoken after a masked man, who entered her apartment through an unlocked kitchen window, covered her mouth with his hand and threatened her at 4:48 a.m., Sept. 6 in the 800 block of South Austin Boulevard. The victim was able to get out of bed and scream, after she forcefully elbowed the offender, who fled from the apartment through the rear kitchen door.

Armed robbery

Someone, brandishing a box cutter, sat down next to the victim on a CTA train and demanded money at 6:39 p.m., Sept. 8 on the Blue Line near Oak Park Avenue. The victim had no money but handed over his white Apple Air Pods, an estimated loss of $250.

A man with a gun in his hand walked into Mobile Mart, 622 Madison St., then walked behind the counter and demanded money; the clerk complied, putting $300 in cash from the register into a plastic bag while the offender took $100 from a tacklebox behind the counter at 8:38 p.m., Sept. 9. The estimated loss is $400.

Motor vehicle theft

A white 2018 Volvo XC60 was removed while it was getting serviced at Perfection Autobody, 811 Garfield St., at 12:18 p.m., Sept. 7. The keys were left on the hood of the vehicle. 


A Glock G42 .380 gun, containing one magazine, was stolen from a table inside a residence in the 300 block of Wesley Avenue between 2 p.m., July 17 and 10 a.m., Sept. 2. The estimated loss is $395.

The catalytic converter was cut from a 2003 Honda Pilot between 11:30 p.m., Sept. 4 and 12:30 p.m., Sept. 5 in the 500 block of South Cuyler Avenue. 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Sept. 3 through Sept. 10 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public’s help in making an arrest.

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