03/03/2010

Driver on cell phone hits Ill. cruiser, officer injured

The officer is in intensive care and remains in critical condition

Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — The State Police issued an urgent plea Monday for motorists to stay off their cell phones after a distracted driver left one of the agency's own -- a 29-year-old mother of a grade-schooler -- in intensive care with two broken legs and a smashed pelvis.

"We're also asking the motoring public to please slow down, move over or change lanes when you're approaching emergency vehicles, because this could save our lives," said State Police Lt. Luis Gutierrez, standing outside Stroger Hospital, where the injured trooper remained in intensive care Monday.

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