Police are seeking the driver of a car that plowed into a Northwest Side man in the Lawndale neighborhood this morning, critically injuring him the day before his 51st birthday.
About 11 a.m. the victim was on foot by himself crossing Ogden Avenue at Pulaski Boulevard when a car traveling at a high rate of speed southwest on Ogden plowed into him and left the scene, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.
The victim suffered "substantial blunt trauma"’ said Mirabelli. As of 2:30 p.m. Mirabelli said the man, whose 51st birthday is Monday, is in "very critical condition."
Chicago Fire Department spokesman Will Knight said the victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious-to-critical condition.
The car involved is described as a 2002 or 2004 Pontiac Grand Am that is either gold or orange; it sustained front end and windshield damage, the officer said.
Authorities are trying to locate video surveillance of the crash and are looking for any witnesses who spotted the license plate number or even a partial plate number. The car may have been traveling as fast as 50 mph.
"We're asking for the public's help," Mirabelli said.
Anyone with information should contact the police Major Accident Investigation Unit at (312) 745-4521.
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