Doctors planned to keep an 11-year-old boy is in a medically-induced coma after a sport-utility vehicle hit him on Interstate 57 in the Far South Side's Washington Heights neighborhood, according to authorities and a relative.
The northbound Honda Pilot SUV was near 103rdStreet on I-57 when it struck the boy at about 2:23 p.m., said Illinois State Police District Chicago Sgt. Anthony Ostrowski.
The boy was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he underwent emergency surgery.
“He was with a couple of other kids on the side of the highway and he just happened to step out in front of the car,'' ISP District Chicago Master Sgt. Robert Satkiewicz said.
A woman named Linda who identified herself as the victim's mother told the Tribune in a telephone interview that doctors at Christ Medical Center were trying to relieve pressure on his brain.
“Right now, I’m just praying for the best,’’ she said.
By late Sunday, the boy was out of surgery, with doctors offering a promising prognosis for the child, his mother said. But doctors told his family they'd keep the boy in a coma, hoping to relieve the swelling to his brain.
The boy was playing with his 15-year-old brother and an 11-year-old friend who tried to convince him not to cross the highway.
“He was trying to cross the expressway – I don’t know why,’’ she said. “He was trying to get across the street and instead of going over the bridge he went across instead.''
Linda, who did not want her last name used, said she doesn’t place blame on the driver.
“You don’t expect to see children crossing,’’ she said.
The family lives near the crash site.
The driver of the Pilot stopped and was not charged with anything or cited following the accident.“It doesn’t appear that the driver did anything wrong,’’ Satkiewicz said.
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