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Thursday, July 11, 2019

River North: Man pushed into traffic is struck by car, but police say they have no record of the crime

Screengrabs of the incident unfolding. | Provided
Update 5:48PM: Added new information from the Chicago Fire Department.
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A man is seen being pushed into River North traffic and struck by a taxi cab in a video that surfaced online overnight, but a Chicago police spokesperson says the department has no record of any report being filed in the case.

The incident at 415 North Dearborn appears to be recently recorded as the victim is wearing shorts and the man who pushes him into traffic is donning a short-sleeved shirt. Lighting is on at a nearby CTA bus shelter, but some daylight is also seen, indicating that the event took place near sunrise or sunset.

When the brief clip begins, a man is standing next to the curb, facing a larger and taller man who is several feet away. The bigger man charges toward the other and shoves the victim into a traffic lane where he is struck by an oncoming taxicab.

The victim slams onto the hood and is then propelled forward before crashing onto the pavement. The footage ends as the victim rolls onto his back and appears to check his elbow for injuries. The man who pushed him seems to begin to walk away.

A Chicago Fire Department spokesperson said paramedics were called to the intersection of Dearborn and Hubbard for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at 8:39 p.m. on July 7th. An ambulance crew reported that the victim had left the scene.

Here is the footage as provided to CWBChicago. The content may not suitable for everyone: