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‘Out of it’ driver smashes through Chicago neighborhood


A truck driver police later described as ‘out of it’ plowed through a Chicago neighborhood on Tuesday night, damaging dozens of cars and knocking over street signs. 

The incident happened on December 7th on the southwest side of Chicago near Bedford Park. 

According to CBS Chicago, the truck driver plowed through the neighborhood, took out a line of cars and tore down a sign on 63rd Street, crushed a line of cars on Normandy Avenue and made several destructive turns. 

Police later found the 30-year-old unnamed driver around five miles away in a Walmart parking lot where he had damaged several other cars. Officers say that the driver was so incoherent when they tried to speak with him that it was unclear whether he was actually working at the time of the incident or simply driving around. The name of the trucking company affiliated with the truck has not been released, but officers say they did not respond to request for comment. 

“We see the whole car like as he sideswiped it, it bounced, like he literally jerked the whole car up – like it picked up and bounced; hit the other car,” said Joanne Maganna, who witnessed the crashes and even captured some of the rampage on her doorbell camera. 

“I was wondering what happened to him,” said John Galace, a resident whose cars were damaged in the incident. “At first, [I thought] he must have had a medical condition or something.”

The driver is now being charged with hit-and-run, possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, and having no proof of insurance.


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