Pedestrian 'Gravely' Hurt in Edgewater Hit and Run

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    A red car plowed into a pedestrian and fled the scene leaving the man with “massive head injuries’’ early Sunday in the North Side's Edgewater neighborhood.

    At 3:30 a.m., a red car that was northwestbound on Ridge hit the man at 5959 N. Ridge Ave. and fled the scene, according to Lincoln District police Sgt. Patrick Barker.

    A Chicago Fire Department firehouse is located nearby and their crews took the man to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he is being treated for “massive head injuries,’’ Barker said. He is in “grave” condition.

    Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli described his condition as "very serious.''

    There was no evidence the car left the road and went onto a sidewalk, according to Barker who said it was not raining at the time of the crash and there were no skid marks to indicate the car tried to stop.

    The speed limit is 30 mph and though there is a red light camera nearby, there is no other police camera that would have shown what happened.

    Police have witnesses that called in after the crash but as of 8:15 a.m. are still unable to talk to the victim, according to Barker. It was not known immediately who he is.

    A flash message has been issued to police to be on the lookout for the red car, which has right side and front end damage, according to the sergeant.

    The intersection where the wreck occurred has a White Castle on one corner and an empty car wash on the other.

    The police Major Accident Investigation Unit is investigating.