EAST CHICAGO | A man from the South Side is recovering from brain surgery after being struck by a city-owned vehicle while crossing Indianapolis Boulevard.
McCurtis Gilmore II, 25, had a section of his skull removed at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., his mother said, and faces months of therapy and possible further surgery.
Gilmore was walking to his newly rented apartment in the 4800 block of Magoun Avenue shortly before 2 p.m. on Nov. 5 when he was hit by an Impala sedan driven by city code enforcement inspector Leonard Martinez, 54.
Gilmore said he has no memory of the collision, but traffic police reported that he was crossing Indianapolis Boulevard westbound with a green light at the same time Martinez turned left from eastbound 150th Street.
The Impala struck Gilmore, according to the police report, who slid up the hood of the car and smashed his head into the windshield.
Martinez finished his turn, according to the police report, and stopped as Gilmore slid off the hood and onto the street, coming to rest in front of 4945 Indianapolis Blvd.
The day was clear and dry, police said, and Martinez, who tested negative for alcohol or drugs in both breath and blood tests, was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a school zone.
Gilmore was released from the hospital with 60 staples in his head, and still has some bleeding from the wound, his mother, Trina Wilson, said this week.
Though one hematoma was removed from his brain, doctors want another series of examinations to be sure the internal bleeding is under control, she said.
Martinez will not be driving any city vehicles while an investigation into the incident is continuing, city officials said.
Wilson, who lives in Mississippi, said she hired an attorney to look out for her son's interests pending results of the city's investigation.
"East Chicago needs to do the right thing," she said.