A woman is accused of critically injuring a man by running over him in an SUV and dragging him for about 30 feet during a gang-related incident late Friday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, police said.
Esmeralda Munoz, 29, of the 1600 block of North Kimball Avenue, was charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, police said. Munoz was scheduled to appear in court later today.
About 11 p.m. Friday, police were called to the 3800 block of West North Avenue after receiving a report that a person had been struck by a vehicle during a gang disturbance. Police found the victim, who had been with a group of men that was fighting with another group that included three men and Munoz, who was in an SUV, police said.
During the melee, one man exited the SUV and began boxing with the 21-year-old victim, who, along with others in his group, began throwing bottles, cans and newspapers from a garbage can at the SUV, police said.
Munoz then pulled a "big U-turn" and drove onto the sidewalk as some men jumped out of her way, police said. But the victim had been bending over to pick up a bicycle and his back was to her. She plowed into him and dragged him for about 25-40 feet and continued northbound on Hamlin Avenue, police said.
She was taken into custody an hour later, in the 1600 block of North Sawyer Avenue, police said.
Police said the 21-year-old suffered blunt trauma and internal bleeding and was taken in critical condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
Hospital spokesman Tim Nelson said the man's condition has improved as of this afternoon. "He is in fair condition,'' Nelson said.A liquor store at 3800 W. North Ave. captured the incident on video surveillance and a mirror broken from the SUV was left in a front yard in the 1600 block of North Hamlin Avenue, police said.