EVANSTON — A man was transported to the hospital Wednesday morning and cited for inattentive driving after police say he hit a semi-trailer hauling bricks while he was wiping off his windshield with a napkin and driving up to 35 mph.
Evanston Police Lt. Ken Pearson said Trevor Thurman didn’t see the semi, which had turned off Weston Street and onto Harrison to go westbound as Thurman was heading eastbound, facing the sun. The crash occurred around 8 a.m.
Pearson said Thurman was transported by ambulance to Evanston Regional Hospital where he’s expected to be treated and released.
Thurman told the Herald in a Facebook message that he had turned on the defrost and the window fogged up, so he was trying to wipe it clean when his vehicle struck the semi-trailer.
Lt. Pearson said officers see vehicles every day that are ill-prepared for winter driving.
“It’s [often] parents that are driving the kids to school in pajamas and they have a periscope in their windshield,” Pearson said. “Truly, it’s an everyday occurrence. Around 7:30 in the morning we’re pulling people over nonstop for it.”