Crash brings calls for increased intersection warnings

The intersection of Rogers and Touhy has been the scene of many minor fender benders over the years but on Saturday the crash was serious.

A man in a neck brace was lifted carefully onto the litter and taken to the Chicago Fire Department ambulance as another man in a neck brace sat on the sidewalk.In the middle of Rogers, a northeast/southwest street, was a motorcycle, facing north, wedged under the undercarriage of a car facing northwest. The bike was parallel to the car as if the rider saw him coming and tried to swerve out of the way or dump the bike.

'It's always something on this corner,' said one man whose house was directly in front of the accident. He came out when he heard the crash.

'No one ever stops at that stop sign,' said another man.

'Maybe something with flashing lights -- .,' said the first.

It's a difficult corner. Touhy Avenue, before it intersects with Ridge Avenue is a southwest/northeast street. After Ridge, it splits to the right, now going directly east. Rogers Avenue continues the southeast direction.

But that isn't the difficult part.

Touhy intersects Rogers going west at about a 120 degree angle. There is a stop sign at Touhy, none on Rogers. The intersection of Rogers and Ridge is up a short hill from the intersection of Rogers and Touhy, and cars turning eastbound onto Touhy block the view of drivers at the stop sign veering left onto Rogers to go west.

This is the intersection where the accident occurred.

According to police, Alam Mohammed was driving a 2006 Toyota Scion and was turning from Touhy to Rogers when he hit the motorcycle, a 2006 Suzuki, throwing the driver off the bike. Police determined the motorcyclist had the right of way.The motorcyclist, who police declined to name, was taken in stable condition to Illinois Masonic Hospital. Mohammed was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston suffering from various aches and pains.

Mohammed was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way and is scheduled to appear in traffic court on July 24.

Unfortunately the accident didn't surprise the man who heard the crash. 'Everyone blows through that stop sign. Something should be done about it'