Car hits pedestrian, then slams into flower shop in Albany Park

Tribune reporter

A person waiting for a bus was struck and seriously injured this morning by a car that then crashed through the windows of a flower shop in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

The crash occurred at about 7:15 a.m. at Kimball Avenue and Irving Park Road as a silver Buick sedan was speeding north on Kimball and apparently accelerated through a yellow light, witnesses said.

The car veered to the right and struck a person waiting for the No. 82 Kimball/Homan bus at Irving Park, witnesses at the scene said.

The Buick then struck a black SUV in the intersection and both vehicles careened into Bonnie Flower Shop, breaking out a storefront window.

The pedestrian was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and the driver was taken to another hospital, police said. No conditions were available.

Bruce Cohen, who has owned Bonnie Flower Shop for more than 30 years, said police told him the driver of the Buick had no driver's license.

He said his shop on the northwest corner of the intersection has been struck by vehicles numerous times in the past by drivers trying to speed through the lights.

"I don't even bother calling a board-up service anymore," Cohen said as an employee used a circular saw to cut plywood for the broken window. "I just keep the wood on hand and do it myself."

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