Cubs Fan Hit by Flying Tire

"It got airborne, and as it flew, it flew and it hit him in the head," witness says

By BJ Lutz
|  Tuesday, May 18, 2010  |  Updated 11:06 PM CDT
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A Cubs fan walking to Wrigley Field was struck by a tire, which had sprung off a car traveling near the intersection of Clark and Newport.

A Cubs fan walking to Wrigley Field was struck by a tire, which had sprung off a car traveling near the intersection of Clark and Newport.

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A man wearing a Chicago Cubs t-shirt was injured Tuesday after being struck by a tire that came off a car in Wrigleyville.

Emergency crews were sent to Sheffield Avenue and Clark Street about 5:15 p.m. on reports that a man was hit by a "flying tire," Fire Media Affairs Chief Kevin MacGregor said.

"It got airborne, and as it flew, it flew and it hit him in the head," said a witness, Anthony Knox.

At a nearby barber shop, Cheyenne Webb said he was casually looking at a magazine when he looked out the window and saw the man sitting on the curb with a group of people around him.  He was talking on his cell phone, Webb said.

"There was blood all around him," said NBC Chicago photographer Mike McGovern.  "I was worried because I thought he was dead.  Then I saw him blink and I said, 'Thank God he was OK.'"

The man was put on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. 

Nearby, a dark colored Infiniti sedan was parked without the front driver's side wheel.  The driver, Kossi Elou, was citied for driving an unsafe vehicle and driving without insurance.

News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien said officials aren't sure how the tire became detached from the car.

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