All OK after Harlem Ave. rollover crash | Police reports Aug. 5-11

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No one was seriously injured in a rollover crash that sent four people to the hospital and shut down Harlem Avenue between 26th and 31st streets for about 40 minutes on Aug. 9 at about 8:35 p.m.

According to police, a 2010 Ford Escape driven by a 31-year-old Riverside woman attempted to make a left turn onto York Road when it was broadsided by a 2007 Jeep driven by a 36-year-old Chicago woman.

The impact of the crash sent the Ford rolling over onto its hood. It came to rest on the parkway, while the Jeep spun almost 270 degrees and came to rest facing northwest in the southbound lanes of traffic. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage.

The driver of the Ford told police that her view of the Jeep was blocked by a southbound car that was stopped at the intersection and waiting to turn left into Berwyn.

The driver of the Ford, her husband, their 1-year-old son and infant daughter were transported to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment. 

According to police, injuries included cuts, bruises, a back injury and a head laceration. Both children were secured in car seats and were not badly injured. All four have been released from the hospital.

The driver of the Jeep and her 34-year-old passenger were treated at the scene by paramedics and released.

Police ticketed the driver of the Ford Escape for failure to yield.


DUI charge in hit and run

Gerson Torres Aldana, 33, of Chicago, was charged with felony drunken driving after his 1999 Mazda Protégé allegedly sideswiped a 2000 Toyota on Forest Road in Riverside and then left the scene on Aug. 10 at about 3:20 p.m.

A witness followed the Mazda as it fled northbound on Desplaines Avenue and then eastbound on Cermak Road until police stopped it and took Aldana into custody. According to the police report, Aldana does not have a driver's license or vehicle insurance.

Aldana's blood-alcohol content was .201, according to police, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08. No one was injured in the crash.


Car rims stolen from business lot

For the fourth time in the past four months, someone pulled into the unsecured yard at Padilla Tires, 9014 47th St. in Brookfield, and stole several truck and car wheel rims valued at about $200 apiece.

The two latest incidents happened on consecutive nights and were reported on Aug. 8 and 9. 

On the morning of Aug. 8, surveillance cameras at the business reportedly showed a gray Chevy Trax with a large dent in the passenger side front door pull into the yard and back up to a pile of rims. A man is then seen getting out of the vehicle and loading nine rims into the Chevy before exiting. The vehicle also had a female passenger.

On the morning of Aug. 9, cameras showed the same vehicle pull into the yard and the same man load several rims into the vehicle. Again, a female passenger was in the vehicle, according to police.

The owner of the business reported two similar incidents on consecutive nights in May, although a different vehicle was involved.


Dirt bike driver injured in crash

A 20-year-old Berwyn man was hospitalized with what police described as head injuries and a possible broken ankle after he allegedly crashed a dirt bike into a parked car in the 200 block of Lionel Road, Riverside, on Aug. 9 at about 6:10 p.m.

When emergency personnel arrived, the blue dirt bike and the driver were lying on the parkway. The driver's face was covered in blood. He was taken to MacNeal Hospital for treatment.

The man reportedly told police he was going too fast while heading west on Lionel Road from Delaplaine Road and lost control of the dirt bike, which crashed into a 2006 Honda parked on the north side of the street.

Police ticketed him for several traffic offenses.


Lawn equipment stolen, again

A resident of the 2200 block of 7th Avenue, North Riverside, called police on the morning of Aug. 5 reporting that someone had stolen a Craftsman lawn edger from the unsecured rear bed of his pickup truck, which was parked in his driveway overnight.

It was the second time that landscaping equipment was stolen from his truck while it was parked in the driveway, according to the police report.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 5-11 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

— Compiled by Bob Uphues

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