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Chicago: City faces lawsuit after city worker injures toddler and nanny

Dwight Washington is a Chicago city worker accused of drunk driving and raming his truck into pedestrians. Screen shot via ABC News.

A Chicago Streets and Sanitation worker is being charged with a DUI after he ran into a group of people on a busy Chicago street, critically injuring several people and sending at least one toddler to the hospital. The driver, Dwight Washington, 61, was driving a city owned truck when the crash occurred. Witnesses to the crash say that the driver appeared to be “disoriented” and possibly under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Witnesses from a nearby deli also reported to the media that Washington appeared to be undergoing a sobriety test after police arrived.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, among those injured were models participating in a mock wedding ceremony for a photo shoot. At least 2 people wound up pinned underneath the city truck and another car which was subsequently involved when the city truck ran into it. Up to 3 people were critically injured. Police are now charging Washington with a DUI after determining he was allegedly legally intoxicated.

Also injured were passerby’s, toddler Tyler Jones, 20 months and her nanny, Jennifer Anton. The nanny was pushing Tyler in a stroller when the city truck ran into them. While the toddler did not sustain life threatening injuries, she may have fractured her leg. The parents say that they will need to follow up with specialists to determine her best course of treatment. The nanny remains in serious condition. The toddlers parents are now suing the city claiming that they should have taken more care to ensure that a drunken city worker wasn’t driving around Chicago.