Car slams into River Forest garages

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By Nona Tepper

A Dodge Charger blew through two garages on the 300 block of Thatcher Avenue in River Forest at about 1:50 a.m. on March 26, according to neighbor Marjorie Morningstar.

Morningstar said she had just gotten up when she heard what sounded like a bomb as the car failed to navigate the T-intersection, left the roadway and slammed into a frame garage on the south side of Hawthorne Avenue.

The vehicle punched holes through both the north and the south walls of that garage and then barreled through the brick wall of the garage immediately to the south, where it crashed into two vehicles parked inside.

According to Morningstar, the driver was able to get out of the car and attempted to flee the area on foot.

 "He had to have been flying. If you look, there's no skid marks on the street, only up on curb do you see the marks," Morningstar said. "It was just amazing, I couldn't believe it. I can't believe the guy ran out of there."

When Morningstar and her fiancé, Richard Sutton, heard the crash, she said they ran outside, where they saw the driver of the vehicle.

"Richard walked up the car, asked the guy if he's OK. The guy got out of the car and he, my fiancé, said he was looking around for something underneath the seat and he was cussing," Morningstar said.

She said the driver then ran north on Thatcher Avenue and then ran up onto the Metra platform, where police eventually caught him.

Morningstar said she helped police identify the approximately 30-year-old man. River Forest Police Chief James O'Shea said the department was still preparing a report on the incident.

This isn't the first accident to happen at that intersection and property. Morningstar said that last summer another car ran through the intersection and knocked down a portion of the backyard fence of the house on the corner of Hawthorne and Thatcher.

"They just missed his house," she said. "It's very scary. I'd really, really like the village to take this seriously and put some kind of barrier or something up."

Morningstar said she planned to reach out to the village later today about installing additional traffic control measures at the intersection. The village did not immediately respond to an interview request.

In February, River Forest trustees approved a plan to add nearly 70 stop signs to village streets, although officials are waiting to hear back about a state grant before implementing changes.


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Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: March 29th, 2019 10:03 AM

Obviously a stop sign would have prevented this guy from flying his car through two homes, at two in the morning.

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