A Chicago activist and publicist was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident in the Logan Square neighborhood.
Anthony Martinez was struck by a vehicle as he crossed in the crosswalk at the intersection of Fullerton and Kimball Avenues at 7 p.m. on June 6. Martinez headed the LGBT-advocacy group The Civil Rights Agenda.
Martinez could not make note of the car that struck him. He told Windy City Times witnesses later told him that a vehicle turning traveling north on Kimball quickly turned west on Fullerton in order to get ahead of a bus heading south on Kimball. Martinez said he jumped to avoid being hit but was struck in the leg and fell to the ground. The driver continued on Fullerton towards Central Park Avenue.
"When I looked up, he was already gone," Martinez recalled. "The smoke [exhaust] was also intense. Witnesses said the muffler was dragging on the ground."
Martinez was taken to Norwegian American Hospital; he suffered multiple bruises and a severe injury to his leg. Doctors said the leg is not broken, but the extent of the injury could not be determined until more testing could be done.
Martinez was also concerned that his Chicago Police Department contacts seemed to not have records of his witnesses; the department said a detective could not be assigned to the case for several days. Martinez has asked his alderman's office to intervene in the matter.