UPDATE: Highland Park Boy Hit By SUV on Central Avenue

11-year-old in stable condition after surgery for broken leg and fractured skull.

Update 5/16:

Evanston Hospital released the 11-year-old boy this week who suffered a broken leg and fractured skull after beign struck by an SUV last Thursday on Central Avenue in downtown Highland Park, Pioneer Press reports.

Update 5/14:

Pioneer Press has new information about the Highland Park boy who was hit by an SUV Thursday on Central Avenue.

The 11-year-old was bicycling with a friend two blocks from his house when he was struck by a car driven by 41-year-old Highland Park resident Jennifer Foos, who lives in the 3100 block of Lexington Lane. 

Foos' husband, David, told Patch in an email that the boy was not wearing any protective gear.

"He was riding his bicycle through a very busy traffic area with no regard to his surroundings," David said in the email.

According Pioneer Press, the child waited till traffic had stopped before attempting to cross from south to north at Second Street. The driver was heading west from Second Street towards Green Bay Road. She was cited with failing to yield in the pedestrian right-of-way.

A witness and Foos both immediately tried to help the boy, who lost consciousness on the street, Pioneer Press reports. The boy, who lives at 1600 block Second Street, was transported to Evanston Hospital, where he underwent surgery for a broken leg and fractured skull. He's in stable condition.


A boy was transported to a hospital Thursday after getting hit by a vehicle while riding his bike along Central Avenue, Pioneer Press reports.

The vehicle struck the boy as he was nearing Second Street late Thursday afternoon. A witness told Pioneer Press that the boy's bicycle and one of the his shoes remained at the scene after he was taken to the hospital.

Jason May 16, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Two part comment – Part One As the father of kids who are often walking/biking in town and an HP driver myself, this news hit me with an emotional cocktail of horror, anger, relief, fear, sympathy, etc. That included empathy for the driver, until I read her husband's comments this morning. David Foos writes, “the boy was not wearing any protective gear as mandated by city code… was riding his bicycle through a very busy traffic area with no regard to his surroundings…[and] the dent on my wife's car is on the left side panel of the automobile which indicates that the young boy ran into her not her running into him...” Where do I begin? First, according to the HP News, the police saw it quite differently, saying “the driver was cited with failing to yield in the pedestrian right-of-way…both children properly entered the intersection at the crosswalk after vehicles in both directions had stopped….[the victim] was lawfully in the crosswalk and there was no indication that he did anything wrong.” See Part Two below…
Daniel May 16, 2011 at 08:13 PM
Kid has a fracatured skull and this nit wit husband is concerned with what? The dent in his wife's car. What a jerk.
Jason May 16, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Two part comment – Part Two Second, the dent on the left side of the car is consistent with hitting someone while making a left turn. Finally, David’s blaming of the victim, A CHILD RUNOVER BY AN SUV, for violating city code, not paying attention, and hitting the car, not the other way around, is offensive beyond words. Just like all those rape victims who are at fault for leading their attackers on, right David? I can only imagine how infuriating David's comments must be for the victim and his family to hear. The facts are that what Jennifer Foos did was criminal and she is responsible for seriously injuring a child, and what David Foos has written is unconscionable. What a repugnant man. In no way do the Foos represent the Highland Park I know and love. Here’s to a speedy and full recovery for the victim, his friend, and their families and friends.
Jennifer May 16, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Thank you Allen for the clarification. I will choose to believe the police and witnesses on this one.
Jennifer May 17, 2011 at 01:45 AM
I feel badly for the driver who did not intend this child to get hurt. I genuinely hope that the family of the the boy who was hit does not read the callous words of a man who is only concerned with placing the blame on someone else.
Andrew May 17, 2011 at 02:51 AM
One phrase kept coming back to my mind today: "he was riding his bicycle through a very busy traffic area with no regard to his surroundings" Let's correct that. "He was riding his bicycle through a very busy BUSINESS DISTRICT with heavy pedestrian traffic, with careful regard to stay inside a crosswalk so notorious for drivers not yielding to pedestrians, that last year, the city resorted to further emphasizing the need to STOP FOR PETE'S SAKE by adding new signage pointing out that, uh, in busy shopping districts pedestrians have the right of way, so stop and be alert. He attempted to cross using the crosswalk, which should've protected him, but not in Highland Park. Perhaps we need a pedestrian overpass at that intersection so drivers never have to stop at all except to block traffic for five minutes waiting for a spot directly in front of the store they're going to. Or, we could do what I've seen other communities do-- have "stings" where plain clothes officers put ONE FOOT into the crosswalk and any car that proceeds without yielding is then ticketed by a uniformed officer a block or so up the road. Barring that, we could all agree to stop mid-crosswalk and glare at drivers who don't yield. It'd be nice to think that maybe NOW, the insane SUV drivers downtown will straighten up and start obeying basic traffic laws and displaying some courteous driving instincts. But that'd be naive. Why should they ease up just because one of our kids got hit?
Ron May 17, 2011 at 08:01 PM
It's just enough! Does a child have to be killed before we start taking accountability? For Jennifer Foos' husband to defend her? There was a CHILD in the street who now has a FRACTURED SKULL. Mr. Foos, what if it was one of your daughters instead of this 11 year old boy? How would you feel to hear someone defend the driver?? And, just because the police did find a text or a phone call doesn't mean that your wife wasn't reading an email on her phone or doing something else that distracted her at the time of the incident. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Daniel May 17, 2011 at 08:07 PM
How dumb is Mr. Foos. Why would he even comment. Talk to a lawyer, I'm sure your family has legal contacts.
Janko Thalist May 17, 2011 at 11:44 PM
I feel horrible for the driver and of course the child and the family. In no way did she mean to do this. But that still doesn't excuse the fact that David is still a complete putz and has been for over 40 years! Way to be consistent Foos!
Michael Hunter May 18, 2011 at 01:28 AM
My heart goes out to both parties in this horrible situation. I hope this kid has a quick and successful recovery.
Harry Steindler May 18, 2011 at 03:25 PM
I hope that the 11 year old boy recovers quickly and fully. Everyone should wear a helmet while biking. I began riding again perhaps 10 years ago and always wear a helmet - for my own safety, but even more so as an example to my children and others. It seems that wearing a helmet had become pretty well accepted, but that not wearing one has become more the norm for our children the last few years. Parents and the police need to more seriously insist that children wear helmets while biking. Let's keep our children safe - make it important that they wear helmets while biking!
shannonn May 18, 2011 at 08:40 PM
@ David FOOs your a FOOl . your wife hit a child take responsibility or stay quiet.She got a citation and Sure the boy ran into your parked suv..the child was knocked out of his shoes and had a fractured skull and broken leg .
JD May 21, 2011 at 07:47 PM
People, this is called an accident for a reason. Let's forget all the negativity and realize that both parties are must beside themselves.!!! Let's keep positive thoughts and prayers for both sides involved instead of name calling and trash talking. It is not doing any one any good.
po May 22, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Most of you should be ashamed of yourselves. Who are you to comment on something when you were neither there, nor know ALL of the facts? You have no right to comment on a situation such as this until you have been in it yourself. There is no blame, this was a horrible, horrible accident. Key word being ACCIDENT. Mrs. Foos was NOT on the phone, NOT texting, and had no distractions whatsoever. This could have happened to any one of you or me.
po May 22, 2011 at 10:34 PM
Instead of insulting, judging, and prosecuting the Foos', or telling the family of the boy what to think or feel, don't you think our time would be better spent sending our prayers and good wishes to both families. David Foos is absolutely a wonderful man. He made a statement. Yes, he said the boy was not wearing a helmet. That is a fact, not David placing blame on the boy. How dare you insinuate that he was saying this was the boy's fault when you don't even know this man. To Janko Thalist- you say you "feel horrible for the driver" and "in no way did she mean to do this" but then you go on to call her husband names? Really? You say he has been a putz for 40 years; you sir obviously need to let some things go, and quite frankly, your judgement makes you sound like the putz. Put your childhood feelings for him away and realize that this is a struggling father and husband right now. This is real life and you certainly don't know what he has been through in his life, as I don't know what has happened in yours. If everyone could put themselves, their judgements and opinions aside for one moment, you would realize that both parties are going through horrific grief right now. Jenn Foos, who most of you who commented DO NOT know, happens to be a lovely, caring, and extremely responsible person.
po May 22, 2011 at 10:42 PM
To Jason- Seriously, get real. You talk about the "Highland Park you know and love"? If you really knew Highland Park, you would know that there are many, many lovely people here. There are also (as in any town) many who are elitist, snobby, and gossipy. In fact, did you know that rumors were circulating less than an hour after the accident about Mrs. Foos? Do those people spreading malicious lies represent Highland Park? The Foos' do represent Highland Park, 100%. They are extremely hard working people who have to deal with the everyday stuggles that most of us have to deal with. I can tell you they certainly don't judge others the way people on this site have judged them. Can not one of you put yourself in his position? This is the worse this woman has ever felt in her life. She hurt someone without every intending to do so and will have to deal with that for her entire life. She is beyond worried for this boy and couldn't feel worse, even with most people's nasty comments. Did you really think anyone in this position wouldn't care? David Foos is a man hurting for his wife and the disgusting gossip that is going on about her right now. Not only around town but from all of you. Just because he is trying to come to his wife's aide does not mean he doesn't care about this boy. Shame on you for implying otherwise.
po May 22, 2011 at 10:42 PM
To Daniel, Mr. Foos NEVER said he was concerned about his wife's car. To Shannonn- How on earth would you know if they are taking responsibility or not? Have you spoken to them? Shame on you too. This was an ACCIDENT that could have happened to anyone! I am sure that anyone who hit a child would be in some sort of shock when the police question them. These are hard working people who constantly give back to this community. Shame on you. My thoughts and prayers and good wishes go to the young boy who was hurt and his family. My thoughts and prayers and good wishes go to the Foos' whose lives have been turned upside down by this horrible, unfortunate accident. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. May you think before you write next time and try to put yourself in someone else's shoes. Just to sign up on this web-site, it says to treat others as you would want to be treated. Obviously many of you have no desire to be treated with any kind of compassion.
po May 22, 2011 at 10:51 PM
To Ron. You should be ashamed of yourself. She wasn't on her phone. Get your fact straight. How dare you insinuate Mrs. Foos was reading something. How on earth would you know? Tell us. Were you there? Did you see that? To Andrew: Highland Park drivers have a serious problem with stop signs, taking turns at them, and yielding to pedestrians? You know this for a fact? All of us Highland Park drivers do this? While I am sure we are all impressed that you have lived all over the country, the fact that you have never seen anything like it indicates you may not have even gotten as far as Highwood. The best of drivers sometimes get into horrible accidents. But thank you for obviously never doing anything but drive perfectly. and I've never seen anything like it. How dare you insult every lady in Highland Park with an SUV. Including all of the police woman, female doctors, teachers, and government officials who drive and SUV.
po May 22, 2011 at 10:58 PM
To Jim: We know the boy was struck. She was in shock. Doesn't mean he didn't run into her. Doesn't MATTER if he did or didn't. What matters is that he was hurt, she rushed to help him and couldn't feel worse. What matters is that THANK GOD the boy is out of the hospital! What matters is that he is going to be OK. A community is suppose to support each other. And again to Shannon- Actually, you couldn't be more wrong. Look up the kid who rammed himself into his teacher's car because he was angry at him. He body slammed the entire car, "dented" it to the tune of several thousands of dollars. By the way. The kids weighed less than 115 pounds. To Harry and Michael: Thank you for caring about what is really important. Nobody wins when everyone becomes the judge.
po May 22, 2011 at 10:59 PM
JD-I wish more people could think like you.
Jennifer May 22, 2011 at 11:09 PM
po - I presume this means "P***** off"? It is obvious that you are very close to this family...and from what I can see, the gossip (if there is any) is not about Jennifer - it's about her husband's reaction.
po May 23, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Jennifer, you "presume" wrong. PO are my initials. It is not "obvious" I am close with these people, that is your assumption. Fact. There has been gossip about both Mr. & Mrs. Foos. Just look at the comments posted here. You assume I am close with the family. I'm not. I do know enough though to honestly tell you they really are very good people. I wish I were close with them so I could lend some support. I wish I could do the same for the 11 year old boy. Just so that there are no more assumptions or mind readers about me, I will tell you that I know 5 other drivers this has happened to, and my best friend was hit by a car when she was riding her bike. 30 years ago.
po May 23, 2011 at 12:53 AM
All 5 were ACCIDENTS, pure and simple. In one of the incidents, someone I was very close with was the driver and a young boy died. His family wrote my friend to say how bad they felt because they knew it was an accident. These were parents who lost their own child yet were so compassionate, they wrote the driver who ACCIDENTALLY hit their son. I can't say I know many people who would do the same. I can only tell you I am appalled at the judgements people make without knowing the facts. I felt compelled to say something for the Foos' because I can put myself in this Mrs. Foos' shoes just as easily as I can of the Mother of the boy who was injured. Mrs. Foos' husband's reaction, (I would GUESS, not PRESUME or ASSUME) came from a place of extreme pain due to watching his wife get attacked here, as well as witnessing her extreme pain and horror at what happened. Most good husbands would try to support their wives. At such an emotional time like this, is the guy supposed to be eloquent? Can't we just give all parties involved a break? They deserve it. Quite frankly, it isn't any of our business, especially mine. I just couldn't read any more slander.
Andrew May 24, 2011 at 06:02 AM
I've lived in Highland Park for years. I've also lived in urban areas rated "Worst Drivers" out East and "Most Polite Drivers" down South. And driven in cities all over the world on all kinds of roads. I go through four way stop signs several times each day in Highland Park. It's supposed to be simple. You 1) Stop, 2) Let pedestrians cross, 3) Let perpendicular traffic that arrived first cross, 4) Take your turn. Never. I mean never. Have I seen anything like Highland Park. The inability (or refusal) of drivers here to adhere to this basic traffic law is astonishing. Hence the extra signage downtown that's still being ignored. Do ALL Highland Parkers do this? No. But as a percentage of the population and of "failed" intersection crossings, I'd say, yeah, Highland Park and its drivers qualify for a "Worst" list out there somewhere. Get to Highwood frequently, thanks. Lake Forest and Lake Bluff seem to do okay with their 4-way stops. Wilmette could slow down, but I guess that's what all the speed bumps in that town are attempting to solve. The best drivers get in horrible accidents. I've been in accidents. But I do try to observe basic laws of the road. As for Highland Park women in SUV's? Again, it's a percentage of the population. A high one. More often than not, when I see driving in town that is particularly oblivious, aggressive or inconsiderate, a woman in an SUV is the culprit.
Andrew May 24, 2011 at 06:13 AM
Po I sincerely admire your sticking up for the other side of this. So you know, that's why I made a point of talking about Highland Park drivers and stop signs. They endanger our community and make it less of a pleasant place to live every time they get behind the wheel. If we stop accepting that "it's just the way people drive in Highland Park" maybe it will change. The first step, though, is to call it out for what it is. I have no idea what Mrs. Foos was or wasn't doing, what kind of day she was having, whether the sun was in her eyes or whether the kid had some part in the accident. And it was an accident. I just can't help wonder whether the callous driving culture of Highland Park contributed to it. If instead, our culture was one of careful and absolute deference to pedestrians (in the crosswalk or not)-- and such driving cultures do exist in many urban areas-- my suspicion is that crosswalk would've been a lot safer that day.
Janko Thalist May 24, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Hey PO, that's why this country we live in is so wonderful. It give us the freedom of speech to say whatever we want regardless of who it offends without being punished or jailed for it like in other countries. You also have the right to post anything you want which clearly you have towards everyone that posted something you don't agree with. It's ok, once again it's your right as an American to do just that. It's also my right to say that you have absolutely no clue what kind of person this Foos (father) is and my short but sweet post is dead on accurate on him. In closing on my right as an American, you yourself sound like a real piece of work, no wonder you're sticking up for this guy, you're as big a tool as he is. God Bless America!
Harry Steindler May 24, 2011 at 08:51 PM
What happened to being civil - assuming someone is innocent until proven guilty - having compassion for each other - assuming people have other's best interests at heart and understanding that horrible accidents happen? Let's all try to learn some lessons for ourselves - about our own driving, keeping ourselves and children safe when we can, and keep praying and hoping for a great receovery for the boy who was injured. I have no idea what the real facts are - I wasn't there - I know I personally will take more care at stop signs and in congested areas. And I'm not saying that Mrs. Foos didn't do everything right - again - I wasn't there - this is just a good opportunity to try to be a better driver myself.
Dan M. May 27, 2011 at 04:57 PM
PO - I think everyone understands that this was an accident and Mrs. Foos is deeply sorry and remorseful for what happend. But you're not helping the Foos family by attacking each person who made a comment you didn't like. In fact you're prepetuating the situation. You talk about people spreading rumors but what people were doing with their comments was SPECULATING about what may have happened. There's a difference, and people have a right to do that. I'm sure if you had no connection to Mrs. Foos you would have speculated yourself. You obviously have a close relationship with the Foos family even though you say you don't. How else would you know that "this is the worst this woman has ever felt in her life"? And any "rumors" out there about this situation regarding the husband, David are not rumors at all. He made those ridiculous comments on this site, all on his own about the boy having no regard for his his surrounds and not wearing a helmet. And then in another Mr. Foos comment where he ends it with "facts people". Stupid. Just stupid comments. How can you defend that PO? He deserves every nasty comment posted here. At least he had the sense to finally shut the heck up. Although I wonder how many times his wife had to scream at him to stop typing.
Dan M. May 27, 2011 at 05:01 PM
And another thing PO--- How can you also say "there is no blame"? Of course there is blame. When someone stops at a stop sign, then makes a right turn and gets into an accident with a pedestrian in the next crosswalk of the street they're turning onto, the blame is with the driver. You also state that "Mrs. Foos was NOT on the phone, NOT texting, and had no distractions whatsoever". Really??? No distractions? How do you know this??? And is that even possible at all? How else would this have happend? The boy ran into the driver's side front corner. Mrs. Foos HAD to have been distracted because she obviously didn't see the boy on his bike right in front of her on her left as she was turning. Listen, I agree with you about this being a terrible situation for both families. But there is blame and I'm sure it will be dealt with.
Dan M. May 27, 2011 at 06:27 PM
Does anyone know how the child is doing?


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