Father, Son Struck By Car Crossing Ridge (Updated)

A father and his son were taken to the hospital with serious injuries after they were struck by a car Thursday morning, police said. Part of Ridge Avenue will be closed for roughly two hours.

A 39-year-old man is in critical condition while his 5-year-old son is stable after they were struck by a car on Ridge Avenue Thursday morning, according to police.

Evanston fire paramedics transported the father and son to Evanston NorthShore University HealthSystem for treatment of serious injuries immediately after the crash, Police Cmdr. Jason Parrott said in a press release. The accident happened around 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, as the father and his son, both Evanston residents, were crossing Ridge Avenue at Grove Street on their way to Dewey Elementary School.

The father and son were walking east across Ridge Avenue when they were struck by 57-year-old woman traveling southbound in her vehicle. No citations have been issued to the driver, and police do not expect to file any charges, Parrott said.

Following the accident, police shut down Ridge Avenue between Lake and Davis streets, so Evanston traffic officers and the Major Crash Assistance Team could investigate. Police also closed down Grove Street between Ridge and Asbury avenues, Parrott said.

The traffic closures were expected to last until noon, according to police, and motorists were advised to take alternate routes.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include more details from police.

Sheila December 21, 2012 at 04:23 AM
They would have to be traveling west across Ridge to be heading to Dewey School.
J C December 21, 2012 at 07:27 AM
No citations have been issued to the driver, and police do not expect to file any charges, Huh is she a city councel member or something?
Dileep Gangolli December 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Drivers drive way too fast on Ridge at all times of the day but especially in the morning. We need red light cameras, speeding cameras, and any other way to slow people down on this road. (And believe me....I hate these cameras).
victoria smith December 21, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Why didn't father and son cross at the light? Did they try to run across the street when there wasn't a light with cross walk?Not enough information on what really took place. With all of the crossing guards posted every where near schools it doesn't configure. I hope that the two of them will be alright. Prayers are with them and their family
Civil Discourse December 21, 2012 at 02:15 PM
The intersection of Ridge and Grove is host to car accidents monthly. I have been hit at that intersection as well. What can be done to put a traffic light at that intersection?
Allison Maguire December 21, 2012 at 03:11 PM
People simply do not stop at crosswalks unless there is a light. I don't care how well they are marked or what the state law is. It is not enforced so no one cares. I just moved here from the UK and I can say they have much better infrastructure to support pedestrians. Evanston should investigate lights triggered by crosswalks and underground pedestrian walkways. The number of pedestrian deaths in the area are simply shocking.
KJR December 21, 2012 at 03:43 PM
The law doesn't allow pedestrians to step in front of a car just because there is a cross walk. There are traffic signals one block north (Davis) and one block south (Lake). To bad they were too lazy to walk an extra block.
John R December 21, 2012 at 04:47 PM
this is from our illinois crosswalk law No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a moving vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. not saying this is what happened to the father and son, but this is a common Evanstonian practice.
Martha Moser December 21, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I believe that all of Evanston's north-south corridors are considered speedways by motorists just passing through. I was almost creamed once at Ridge and Lake while walking north; I had the light and there was even a crossing guard holding up a sign for me. The city should crack down hard in enforcing speed limits.
Debra K Bullock December 21, 2012 at 06:03 PM
There is no crosswalk at this intersection despite repeated requests. With Roycemore and Dewey so close there also needs to be a school zone speed limit reduction sign. Nearly one accident per week takes place at this intersection. As the priest at St. Mark's I am frequently among the first on the scene. It is unconscionable that nothing has been done to create a safer passageway for motorists and pedestrians alike.
millie December 21, 2012 at 06:57 PM
There's not a marked crosswalk at Grove and Ridge
Lisa S. December 21, 2012 at 07:30 PM
what an attitude! Calling a man lazy when he is in critical condition! And the law DOES require cars to stop when there are pedestrians in the crosswalk. You need to retake your driver's test.
Lisa S. December 21, 2012 at 07:31 PM
there's no evidence it happened that way. Drivers have a duty to scan the road ahead.
Lisa S. December 21, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Evanston's crosswalk laws "As of July 22, 2010 state law changed regarding pedestrians in crosswalks making it mandatory for all drivers to come to a complete stop for pedestrians in all crosswalks regardless of whether or not there are traffic signals/stop signs present at the crosswalk. Previous law only required drivers to yield to pedestrians and stop when necessary. The purpose of the new law is to ensure the safety for all road users including bicyclists and pedestrians."
Jim Osburn December 21, 2012 at 09:30 PM
You all are overlooking the obvious: don't site schools so close to major arterial streets. Yes, move Dewey and Oakton away from Ridge, Turn Dawes around so that it's not so close to Dodge. Note that the change in state law is recent and in conflict with common practice which trained pedestrians to be careful walkers. The next thing you know, they will outlaw passing on the right!
millie December 21, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Lisa S. December 22, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Millie, you need to familiarize yourself with the law, "The legal definition of a introduces the concept of the “unmarked crosswalk”. The same promotional materials from Active Transportation Alliance, a leading proponent of the law, HB43, say “a crosswalk is present whenever a sidewalk leads into the street”. There doesn’t even need to be a sidewalk on the opposite side of the street. The law is defined in Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) 625 ILCS 5/1-113. Paragraph A essentially describes an unmarked crosswalk. We all need to keep our eyes on the road and stop for pedestrians .
annie December 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM
From reading the article, it seems as though dad and son walked in front of the driver. A car weighs 2 tons. Its not easy to stop immediately. I am not blaming the dad, but people do have to be careful walkers. The woman who hit them is devastated, I am sure. It probably IS time to get a crossing guard at that intersection. I take my daughter to work at Old Orchard every day. Between Nordstroms and Crate and Barrel, there are 7 crosswalks! But people walk across the road whenever/wherever they want to. Most of the time, they just walk and don't look. I really hate driving thru there, because I am afraid, someone is going to walk in front of me and I won't be able to stop fast enough, and I DO scan the road in front of me. And its not icy out yet.
millie December 22, 2012 at 06:49 PM
The law is defined in Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) 625 ILCS 5/1-113. Paragraph A essentially describes an unmarked crosswalk: Sec. 1-113. Crosswalk. (a) That part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the traversable roadway, and in the absence of a sidewalk on one side of the highway, that part of the highway included within the extension of the lateral line of the existing sidewalk to the side of the highway without the sidewalk, with such extension forming a right angle to the centerline of the highway; (b) Any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface placed in accordance with the provisions in the Manual adopted by the Department of Transportation as authorized in Section 11-301. (Source: P.A. 83-831.)
Sally December 23, 2012 at 02:43 AM
If you walk a block in either direction there is a light. It is not reasonable to have a light at every corner.
Sally December 23, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Do you think it's too much to ask pedestrians to cross at the light one block south or one block north? It seems reasonable to me but I don't live in that area.
Lisa S. December 23, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Millie, your understanding of practicing law without a license is incorrect. The key part of this whole issue that people need to understand is that there are things called "unmarked crosswalks." This is a nice summary by John Roska, an attorney/writer. "In general, drivers must be careful about walkers. Drivers must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. But drivers don't have to stop for walkers waiting at the curb, to let them cross. The law gives special rules for drivers at intersections and crosswalks. At marked intersections, drivers should stop for any stop sign or red light. Once stopped, they must then yield to walkers already in or about to be in the crosswalk at either side of the street. At unmarked intersections - corners without signs, where drivers don't have to stop - drivers must yield to walkers crossing the road in a crosswalk. Any corner could have a crosswalk, even though it won’t always be marked, even if the intersection has stop signs or lights. Drivers at unmarked intersections must only yield to walkers on the driver's half of the road, or when the walker is so close coming from the other half of the street as to be in danger."
Don D. December 27, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I agree completely as a resident of the Grove Street area. Plus with the anticipated addition of the Time and Glass Museum, traffic will only increase. There are sidewalks leading to Ridge, so it is reasonable to expect people to cross there. Adding a light would manage the traffic and hopefully cut down on the struck pedestrians, cyclists or car vs. car events.
Don D. December 27, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Really? The Dad and his son stepped in front of a southbound car? Did you see this? Is that what really happened?
Don D. December 27, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I agree pedestrians need to be careful. Obviously getting struck by a 2 ton thing moving at 35 MPH isn't a great plan but drivers also need to stay off cell phones and pay attention It isn't difficult to see people crossing the avenue. A light would go a long way towards helping alleviate this issue at Grove Street.
millie December 28, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Don D Good idea traffic light on every corner
JoDe Dietsch January 03, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Does anybody have an update on the condition of both the father and son? Thanks.
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 04:19 PM
JoDe, that's a good question. I'll see what I can find out.
lucas January 09, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Jennifer Did you get an update?
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 11:52 PM
According to police, their condition is still the same.


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