HINSDALE, Ill. (WLS) — A 14-year-old boy remains hospitalized after he and four others were injured when a jeep crashed into a submarine in Hinsdale on Monday.
The teenager was taken to Hinsdale hospital and later airlifted to Comer Children’s Hospital after sustaining serious injuries. The boy’s family said he had just graduated from St. Issac Jogues.
The incident occurred Monday afternoon off South Lincoln and Chicago in Hinsdale.
Dominic Fontano said he and his staff are all praying for the 14-year-old boy, as well as the four other injured people.
“It’s devastating. It really is, especially as a grandfather,” Fontano said.
A Jeep was pulling out of Fuller’s car wash across the street and crashed into the Fontano substitute store.
The owner said employees and customers were inside at the time, some just walking inside.
Hinsdale Police and Fire Departments said five people were injured.
One customer was treated on the spot and released. Three others were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in serious condition.
The family said one of those victims is a student of DePaul’s, who was with two of his friends and injured his leg. The 14-year-old boy is the youngest victim.
Thrift store owner Domenic Fontano said he ran over the hood of the Jeep before falling under the vehicle.
“The young man was sitting out there. Just to see him, that’s something I don’t think I’ll ever get out of my sight,” Fontano said. “Everything else can be fixed and fixed and everything. But, you know, this little boy’s life could be changed forever,”
Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle was not injured in the crash. It’s not clear what charges they might face.
The DuPage County Merit Task Force’s Major Crash Reconstruction Team is assisting the Hinsdale Police with their investigation.