A taxi driver allegedly attempted to change lanes and hit a car that was already in the turning lane at 87th and Ridgeland.
Oh well, accidents happen. However, two witnesses told police that the driver bounced off the car in the turning lane and then struck the car in the lane next to it. The alleged offender the reportedly fled through the Jiffy Lube parking lot and headed north on Ridgeland.
The witnesses claimed that the driver of the fleeing vehicle was a taxi cab and they were able to provide a partial license plate. The two witnesses, who were also the victims, also believed that the cab was a “first call cab”.
The police called First Call Cab Company and they didn’t have any knowledge of an accident. The police gave First Call Cab the partial license plate number and the company checked its records to determine if any cab could have been in the area.
Soon, the company had a hit. The company told the police that a driver may have been involved and told the officers where the driver was at that time.
Sure enough, the police found Ryan D. Thomas and his cab parked at 103rd and Kenton just as the company had suggested. The car had damage in an area consistent with the witnesses story. Thomas allegedly admitted to being in the traffic crash and fleeing the scene because he was “spooked” after the crash.
Thomas was taken into custody for leaving the scene. He was issued citations for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper lane usage, and leaving the scene of an accident. He has a court date on July 20th in the Bridgeview Court House. Thomas is a 41 year old white male and provided a Lake Villa address to the police.
In May, a man named Ryan Thomas from Lake Villa was charged with Driving Under the Influence in Oak Lawn. The documents reviewed by the Oak Lawn Leaf do not indicate if it is the same man. That story can be read here.