A motorist was ticketed after plowing into and damaging a West Side fish restaurant early Thursday, an incident that sent two men to area hospitals.
Jeffery McCallum, 25, of the 3200 block of West Warren Boulevard was issued multiple citations, including negligent driving, having an uninsured vehicle, failure to reduce speed and another drivers license violation, according to police News Affair Officer Robert Perez.
About 1 a.m. the ’98 Lincoln was traveling on South Pulaski Road and attempted to make a turn at West 5th Avenue but lost control and struck a brick column holding up the roof of Duwell Fish Co., 617 S. Pulaski Rd., at the southeast corner of the intersection, according to a Harrison District police lieutenant.
“He took out one of the brick columns. He didn’t hit the actual building but it [the accident] compromised the integrity of the roof,’’ the lieutenant said.
The vehicle did not enter into the restaurant, which was not open, and speeding is suspected. “He probably just took the turn too fast,’’ according to the lieutenant who said the Lincoln was “totaled.’’
Drugs and alcohol have been ruled out in the wreck, he said.
McCallum was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with a possible broken arm and his 26-year-old male passenger was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County for observation, Perez said.
The city’s Department of Buildings was notified of the damage.
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