Picketing teacher hit by car outside Humboldt Park school

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A striking Chicago Public Schools teacher was hit by a car today while he was picketing outside an elementary school in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

The veteran teacher, 62, was taken to the Cook County Trauma Unit at Stroger Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, a hospital spokeswoman said.

He was struck about 8 a.m. near Chicago and Western avenues, according to Chicago police.

He was picketing about a half a block from Chopin Elementary School, 2450 W. Rice St., when a car heading east on Chicago struck the teacher, causing him to hit his head on the car, police said.

Chopin is one of CPS’ 144 schools open during the strike as part of its "Children First" plan to provide a safe environment, food and activities for students.

The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene and was cited with having no insurance and failure to exercise due care to avoid hitting a pedestrian, police said.

Original information indicated the accident happened outside of Burr Elementary in Bucktown, but police information confirmed this afternoon that it occurred near Chopin.

jgorner@tribune.com

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