20-year-old Evanston resident injured in car crash

Nora Shelly, City Editor

A 20-year-old Evanston resident was injured Sunday afternoon in a car crash.

The teenager was leaning into a car through the driver’s side window on the corner of Pitner Avenue and Nathaniel Place at about 2:40 p.m. when the driver — a 19-year-old Evanston resident — sped forward, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said.

The car hit a tree, causing the 20-year-old to be thrown from the vehicle and hit a light pole. He was transported to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition with head injuries, Dugan said.

The driver attempted to flee the scene but was held by citizens in the area until police arrived, a news release said. A small amount of cannabis was recovered from the driver.

The driver is in custody pending investigation by the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force-Major Crash Assistance Team, Dugan said.

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