School security officer injured in traffic accident www.privateofficer.com
Brad Deegan, 49, of Homewood, was directing traffic in an area near the school’s north building, 800 Governors Highway, in Flossmoor, when he was hit on his side and knocked hard to the pavement, said David Thieman, director of human resources at the high school.
The vehicle, a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer, was driven by an H-F student.
Deegan was taken to South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, then transferred Friday afternoon to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for more observation. Thieman said Deegan suffered a head injury when he fell to the pavement.
“We understand that he’s doing well now and taking visitors,” Thieman said Monday morning.
Thieman said the SUV was traveling along an access road between the high school’s two main buildings when it struck Deegan near the north building’s parking lot.
Flossmoor Deputy Police Chief Mike Pulec said the teen was alone in the car at the time of the accident.
“He said the windshield was ex- tremely foggy at the time and he didn’t see the security officer,” Pulec said.
Police said the 16-year-old driver was driving on a learner’s permit. He was ticketed for not having a valid driver’s license, driving too fast for conditions and failure to yield to a pedestrian.
The teen’s mother, Shari Gray, 43, 18721 Harding Ave., Flossmoor, was charged with allowing an unauthorized person to drive.
Gray and her son are due to appear at the Markham Courthouse at 9 a.m. Dec. 14, police said.
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