Palatine High School student struck by car while running with cross country team

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A Palatine High School student was struck by a car while jogging with his cross country team Thursday morning.

Police say  18-year-old Ryan Kissane,  was jogging northbound in the crosswalk on the east side of Rohlwing Rd when the driver of a 2000 Chevy Camaro turned left from southbound Rohlwing onto eastbound Palatine Road into his path.

Kissane was knocked to the ground and suffered severe head trauma, but was alert and talking.

He was transported to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge where he is now in stable condition.

“Kissane is doing well at the hospital, a couple fractures and some missing teeth. Nothing life threatening,” the team tweeted later Thursday.

The driver of the Chevy, a 39-year-old male Palatine resident, was not injured. Police say he was cited for not “yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk,” and for having an obstructed windshield.

“In this particular case, the driver apparently could not even see the person at that time, as he was turning,” Police Commander Michael Seebacher said. “I would recommend that the person takes the time to let the car warm up, scrap that frost off their windshield before they start to work, to school, realize it could save somebody’s life. The few seconds that you save rushing off without clearing your windshield could cost somebody else their life or serious injury.”

Teammates and classmate at the high school are now working to see how they can support Kissane and his family.




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  • Martin

    This is 100% the runner’s fault. How the f*** do you get hit by a car unless you’re the one that steps in front of it? The law should be that pedestrians yield to cars because the other way around makes no sense! It doesnt matter if youre in the “right” because the law is on your side, when youre DEAD! Idiot, my sympathies to the driver fo all the crap he’s going to get now.

  • hollie sherman

    Okay no its the drivers fault he was the one driving with something on his windshield blocking his view drivers need to be careful just as much as presdtriens don’t drive if something is blocking or your windshield is not visible

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