WBEZ | accident http://www.wbez.org/tags/accident Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Evanston man hit by truck, finds himself at fault http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/evanston-man-hit-truck-finds-himself-fault-111371 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/StoryCorps 150109 Andrew Emily bh.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>About four years ago, Andrew Kerr was crossing the street in Evanston when a city utility truck drove down the block. He didn&#39;t see it and was hit by the truck and thrown about twenty feet in the air.</p><p>Kerr recently came to the StoryCorps Booth with his friend and neighbor Emily Grayson to talk about the incident, and the lasting impact it&rsquo;s had on his life.</p><p>&ldquo;Do you remember the moment it happened?&rdquo; Grayon asks him. &ldquo;I kinda remember only the moment it happened,&rdquo; Kerr says. &ldquo;Just the sheer terror of realizing I was going to get hit by a moving truck in the face. And there was no getting out of the way. And the next thing I remember was waking up in the hospital.&rdquo;</p><p>There, Kerr learned the severity of the accident - he had some brain injuries, his skull and arm were fractured and he had bruised some ribs. The hospital staff was supportive throughout his rehabilitation and pushed him when he needed to be pushed.</p><p>&ldquo;There was this CNA who worked there,&rdquo; Kerr says. &ldquo;And he was the one who was like &lsquo;You&rsquo;ve been here this many days? You need to stand up today.&rsquo; And I was terrified. I remember just sobbing in fear about trying to walk. And him holding me, this stranger in a hospital, doesn&rsquo;t know me, a nursing assistant helping me take my first steps after having brain injury, lying in this bed for a week or whatever it was, and pushing me like someone who cared.&rdquo;</p><p>Kerr&rsquo;s wife was also at his side. He had known her since he was a teenager.</p><p>The accident caused several permanent injuries in Kerr, including significant hearing loss, and the loss of his sense of smell.</p><p>Kerr owns a small construction company in Evanston and when the accident happened his wife called his clients and kept the business going. Through all of it, Kerr&rsquo;s wife was at his side, taking care of their small children too.</p><p>&ldquo;I best describe it as watching my own episode of &lsquo;It&rsquo;s a Wonderful Life,&rsquo;&rdquo; Kerr says. &ldquo;Being alive to see how loved I am: My customers lining up to help, which to me said I mean something in your life. My mechanic came and visited me in the hospital. The guy from Home Depot brought me fresh fruit, just because he was concerned. I&rsquo;m amazed at how many people came together.&rdquo;</p></p> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 09:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/evanston-man-hit-truck-finds-himself-fault-111371 Near tragedy tests young love http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/near-tragedy-tests-young-love-109793 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/storycorps molly drew_140228_lk.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This week, our StoryCorps segment brings a special update.</p><p>The first time they came to the Chicago StoryCorps booth, Molly Timm and Drew Burke were in a long-distance relationship.</p><p>They&rsquo;d never lived in the same city. They were full of joy and hope for their first summer together in Chicago.</p><p>Drew and Molly returned to StoryCorps to fill us in on what happened next, because it wasn&rsquo;t part of their plan.</p><p><strong>MOLLY: </strong>We planned July to be an adventure.</p><p><strong>DREW: </strong>An experience</p><p><strong>MOLLY: </strong>An experience to see how well we could handle being in the same place at the same time for more than a weekend.</p><p><strong>DREW:</strong> I was grocery shopping &hellip; and I got outside and I got a phone call from you. Your parents were in a bad motorcycle accident that day.</p><p>To hear about how the couple handled this tough time (and how Molly&rsquo;s Dad tried to talk Drew into busting him out of rehab after the accident), listen to the audio above.</p><p><em>Lynette Kalsnes is a reporter/producer covering religion, culture and science at WBEZ. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/LynetteKalsnes" target="_blank">@LynetteKalsnes</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F6250422" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/near-tragedy-tests-young-love-109793 Second hole found in Indiana Dunes http://www.wbez.org/news/second-hole-found-indiana-dunes-108426 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/dunes.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Crews have spotted a second hole at Mount Baldy in Indiana Dunes, just 100 yards east of where six-year-old Nathan Woessner was trapped under 11 feet of sand last month.&nbsp;</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Park Service have been out investigating the area since Monday, using radar and ground-sensing equipment to find out what could be causing these holes. Bruce Rowe, park ranger and public information officer for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, said crews didn&rsquo;t need their scientific equipment to find the second hole, as it was right on the surface of the dune.</p><p>Officials aren&rsquo;t sure yet how these holes are forming, and Rowe says the concept seems to be entirely new to science.</p><p>&ldquo;We do suspect that it may be where Mt. Baldy had covered up a forest of trees [and] that as these trees are rotting out, the trunks of them are rotting out, that they&rsquo;re leaving behind holes where their trunks once stood,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>The second hole was about five feet deep when crews discovered it, but Rowe says it could have been even deeper beforehand, as there was a lot of loose sand collecting at the bottom.</p><p>Last month, six-year-old Nathan Woessner was trapped in the dune for more than three hours while emergency crews tried to dig him out. Doctors initially had to put him in a medically induced coma, but he recovered, and was able to go home from the hospital two weeks later.</p><p>Rowe, an employee at the Indiana Dunes for 22 years, admits the entire incident has made him look at Mount Baldy and sand dunes a little differently. Though he says it hasn&rsquo;t kept him away from them entirely -- he and his son camped in Michigan sand dune park last weekend.</p><p>Mount Baldy has been closed since the accident, and officials say it will remain closed as the investigation continues.</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian is WBEZ&rsquo;s Morning Producer/Reporter. Follow her @laurenchooljian.</em></p></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/second-hole-found-indiana-dunes-108426 Camping trip ends in tragedy http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/camping-trip-ends-tragedy-107578 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/RS7288_storycorps kathleen photo-scr (1).JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Kathleen Monahan met her future husband, Tim, after he left the seminary.</p><p>Kathleen: Dad (her husband, Tim) was in the seminary, and he came out. I saw him walking, and it sounds really hokey, but I looked at him and I thought, &ldquo;Oh. That guy could be the father of my children.&rdquo;</p><p>And he was. The couple, who both worked in the social services, married and had five children who all grew up to be teachers.</p><p>When their youngest child was ready to go off to college, the couple decided to grab a few days together, and went off on a camping trip. They enjoyed a beautiful lazy day, until another car ran a stop sign.</p><p>Kathleen: The next thing I know, someone&rsquo;s pounding on the window saying, &ldquo;This one&rsquo;s alive.&rdquo;</p><p>To find out what happened next, and how the family coped with it, listen to Kathleen and three of her children telling their family&#39;s story in the audio above. They shared their story at the new StoryCorps booth at Chicago&#39;s Cultural Center.</p><p><em>Katie Kather is an arts &amp; culture reporting intern at WBEZ. Follow her @ktkather.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F6250422" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/camping-trip-ends-tragedy-107578 Local Haitian urges White House to help http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/local-haitian-urges-white-house-help <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//107963699.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A group of Haitian-American leaders, including Evanston alderman and president of <a target="_blank" href="http://haitiancongress.org/">The Congress to Fortify Haiti</a> Lionel Jean-Baptiste, have urged the Obama administration to deepen their commitment to Haiti in the aftermath of last year&rsquo;s devastating earthquake. The topics they addressed included nation building, homeland security, and the election.</p> <p>Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary since an earthquake killed at least 230,000 Haitians and injured thousands more on the island nation. Today, more than one million people displaced by the earthquake are still living in temporary tents and reconstruction has barely begun.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Haiti&rsquo;s reconstruction effort overall is hampered by the failure to deliver or spend billions of dollars in promised aid, which is complicated by the lack of leadership by both Haiti&rsquo;s government and international community. Jean-Baptiste told <i style="">Worldview&rsquo;s </i>Jermone McDonnell that this could be resolved by: organizing the allocation of funds, bringing in outsiders to train local workers and offering incentives for Haitians to stay in their country.</p> <p>In addition to the devastation wrought by the quake, a cholera epidemic has killed more than 3,600 people, and an electoral crisis between the current president Rene Preval's ruling party and its rivals threaten to break an increasingly fragile political stability.</p> <p>&ldquo;The election is stuck and the process of trying to get a resolution with the government is important in order to move forward,&rdquo; said Jean-Baptiste on <i style="">Worldview</i>.</p> <p>He also hopes the U.S. will extend the stay for Haitians who are here illegally and who have committed crimes. Currently the government is planning on deporting 50 Haitians each month, something he thinks will only aggravate things further. &ldquo;Why would you want to begin to deport people who will have no way to live except to prey on people?&rdquo; said Jean-Baptiste.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">On Friday January 14, join Jean-Baptiste and others will gather at Columbia College for &ldquo;The Study of Haiti,&rdquo; an exhibition, performance and commemoration that marks the one-year anniversary of the Haitian earthquake.</p></p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 15:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/local-haitian-urges-white-house-help