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Car Struck in Rear-Ender Hits Man Trying to Cross Madison Street

Schauer's Hardware employee on way to lunch when the accident occurs.

A Schauer's Hardware employee on his lunch break was taken to Rush Oak Park Hospital as a precaution Wednesday morning after he was struck by a car at the intersection of Madison Street and Beloit Avenue, officials and witnesses said.

Paul Nelson, in his 50s, was on his way to McDonald's around 11:30 a.m., when he started crossing the street in the crosswalk at Madison Street and Beloit Avenue. A woman stopped her car to let him cross, and she was then struck from behind by another car.

As soon as he heard the incident and saw the man lying on the ground, Richard Yankovic, store manager at Krenek's Antiques, said he called 9-1-1.

Corinna Jantz, a manager at the hardware store, said she spoke with Nelson while paramedics were tending to him and said he told her he was fine, Jantz said. Nelson had been a sales clerk there for 15 years.

"He was in no pain," she said.

Nelson was taken by Forest Park ambulance to Rush Oak Park Hospital. It is uncertain about his injuries.

Cyrus Green, 19, of Maywood was cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving without insurance, Forest Park Deputy Chief Tom Aftanas said. The driver of the car that hit Nelson was not cited, he added.

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