Chicago police are investigating after a man was hit by a US Postal Service van

CHICAGO (CBS) – A man is in hospital after being hit by a vehicle he says was a US Postal Service van.

The man shared his story with CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas. The man said he was crossing Marshfield Avenue when the van was leaving Wrightwood Avenue. He said the van hit him in the leg, knocked him over and then drove off around 1 p.m. Sunday.

In a hospital bed at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Marc Filerman was preparing for leg surgery on Tuesday.

“Stressed by a whole bunch of stuff and in pain, I mean my whole leg,” he said.

“They must have crushed my leg because there are multiple fractures there,” he added.

Filerman said he tried to get up after the van hit him, but soon realized he couldn’t.

“So I fell to the ground because I couldn’t get up and that’s when they took off,” he said.

Avery Harris said he was riding in a car behind the USPS van with his friends.

“It looked like he slowed down a bit, but he kept driving,” Harris said. “And then we saw Marc on the ground.”

That’s when Harris and his friends came out to help and called 911.

“He looked like he was in a lot of pain,” Harris said.

This isn’t the first story CBS 2 has heard of a hit-and-run involving the USPS. Late last year, a family in West Garfield Park sent a video of a postman backing into their van, getting out and watching, then driving off.

And with respect to accident tracking, last summer a USPS Inspector General report found that “management did not always execute or implement an effective process to reconcile and track activities. related to accidents”.

Filerman said it wasn’t just physical pain.

He worked during the summer as an art instructor with a non-profit organization for high school students called After School Matters. This week, he was looking forward to a showcase of the children’s works.

“For six weeks that we’ve been doing this for the summer programs, I can’t even be there,” he said in tears.

Chicago police said they are investigating.


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