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Chicago police investigate after man hit by US Postal Service van

Man said U.S. Postal Service van hit him and drove off in Chicago
Man said U.S. Postal Service van hit him and drove off in Chicago 02:45

CHICAGO (CBS) – A man is in the hospital after being hit by a vehicle he said was a U.S. Postal Service van.

The man shared his story with CBS 2's Tim McNicholas. The man said he was walking across Marshfield Avenue when the van was turning off of Wrightwood Avenue. He said the van struck him in the leg, knocked him down and then drove off around 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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

"Stressed about a whole lot of things and in pain, I mean my whole leg," he said.

"They must have smashed like right into my leg because there's multiple fractures, there," he added.

Filerman said he tried to stand up after the van hit him, but quickly realized he couldn't.

"So I fell right to the ground because I couldn't get up and that's when they just 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 little bit, but then he kept driving," Harris said. "And then we saw Marc on the ground."

That's when Harris and his friends got out to help and called 911.

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

It's not the first story CBS 2 has heard about a hit and run involving USPS. Late last year, a West Garfield Park family sent in video of a mail carrier backing into their van, getting out and looking, and then driving off.

And when it comes to tracking accidents, last summer, a USPS inspector general report found "management did not always perform or have an efficient process in place to reconcile and track accident-related activity."

Filerman said it's not just a physical pain.

He's been working for the summer as an art instructor with a nonprofit for high schoolers called After School Matters. This week, he was looking forward to a showcase of the kids' artwork.

"The six weeks that we've been doing this for the summer programs, I can't even be there," he said through tears.

Chicago police said they are investigating.

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