Chicago Man Faces Charges after Injuring Crestwood Police Officer

A Crestwood police officer was reportedly injured after a Chicago man failed to yield to a  patrol car that was at the scene of an accident early Saturday evening, police announced.

According to Crestwood police, two officers in fully marked police vehicles responded to an accident near 141 st Street and Cicero Avenue at approximately 6:40 p.m. November 21. The officers were reportedly investigating the scene and had blocked the curb lane of traffic with their vehicles, which had emergency lights activated. 

One of the officers was purportedly leaning inside the passenger side door of his squad car to get some paperwork when a 2013 Dodge that was traveling at a high rate of speed failed to yield and crashed into the rear of the police vehicle. The impact pushed the squad car into the other police car and threw the officer to the ground. 

The officer, who hasn't been identified, was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he remains in serious condition. No other injuries were reported. 

The driver of the Dodge, identified as Anthony Orsi of Chicago, was arrested and charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and driving with a suspended license. His bond hearing was scheduled for Sunday. 

Pending the outcome of the investigation into the Crestwood crash, the officer who was injured in the collision may be entitled to a personal injury claim. Victims of accidents caused by another person’s negligence can legally seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more. 

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