Carjacking Victim to Get Free New Smile

Edwin Rodriguez wound up with three busted teeth during a Wednesday morning carjacking

By BJ Lutz and Bob Ray
|  Thursday, Oct 27, 2011  |  Updated 6:05 PM CDT
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Edwin Rodriguez wound up with three busted teeth during a Wednesday morning carjacking.

Edwin Rodriguez wound up with three busted teeth during a Wednesday morning carjacking.

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Edwin Rodriguez was injured during a carjacking outside the Wit hotel early Wednesday morning.
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A cosmetic dentist has come forward with an offer of free medical help to a Chicago man who wound up with three busted teeth during a Wednesday morning carjacking.

"I'm speechless because I didn't think anybody would offer me anything," said a still-bruised and bloody Edwin Rodriguez. "I'd like to say 'Thanks' to him and I appreciate it a lot."

The help is coming from Dr. Jack Manikowski, who heard about Rodriguez's story and felt compelled to offer his expertise.

"My wife and I were sitting at 10 o'clock dinner, watching the news, and we saw this terrible tragedy. It was just really unfortunate that this 18-year-old young man had a smile literally destroyed. You could tell because he was covering his mouth and I knew I could help," said Manikowski.

Rodriguez's first appointment with Dr. Manikowski is Monday.

Rodriguez was in the car waiting for his brother to get off of work at theWit hotel, at 201 N. State St., when he said someone came up to the car and told him had a flat tire. When he got out to look, one of the thieves got in and began to drive away. Rodriguez grabbed the door and was dragged a city block before he could let go.

The stolen car, which belongs to Rodriguez's brother, is still missing. Rodriguez said police told him they're using DNA technology from the FBI to try to find the thieves.

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