Tuesday, July 18, 2023 11:37
HINSDALE, Ill. (WLS) — A 14-year-old boy remains hospitalized after he and four other people were injured when a Jeep crashed into a sub shop in Hinsdale Monday.
The teenager was taken to Hinsdale Hospital and then airlifted to Comer Children’s Hospital after suffering critical injuries. The boy’s family said he had just graduated from St. Petersburg. Isaac Jogues.
The crashes occurred Monday afternoon in South Lincoln and Chicago in Hinsdale.
Dominic Fontano said he and his staff are all praying for the 14-year-old boy, as well as the four other people who were injured.
“It’s devastating. Absolutely, especially as a grandfather,” Fontano said.
A Jeep pulled out of Fuller’s Carwash across the street and crashed directly into Fontano’s sub shop.
Owner said employees and customers were inside at the time, some just walked in.
Hinsdale Police and fire officials said five people were injured.
One customer was treated at the scene and released. The other three were taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital in serious condition.
The family said one of the victims was a student DePaul, who was with two friends, and injured his leg. The 14-year-old boy is the youngest victim.
The owner of the sub shop, Domenic Fontano, said he ended up on the hood of the Jeep before it fell under the vehicle.
“That young man was sitting there. Just to see that, it’s something I don’t think I’ll ever let go of my eyes,” Fontano said. “Everything can be fixed and repaired and everything. But, you know, this little kid’s life could change forever,”
Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle was not injured in the accident. It is unclear what charges they may face.
The Major Accident Reconstruction Team from the DuPage County Merit Task Force is assisting the Hinsdale police investigation.
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