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Striking Chicago School Teacher On Picket Line Hit By Car

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A striking Chicago teacher was hit by a car on Wednesday while walking the picket line on the West Side.

The unidentified male teacher was picketing around 8 a.m. when he was struck near the intersection of Western and Chicago.

He was in the middle of the road with a picket sign in his hand when a 2005 Ford Focus sideswiped him, causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement, Estrada said.

The teacher was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he was in the trauma unit Wednesday afternoon being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

He is a teacher at Burr Elementary School at 1621 W. Wabansia Ave., according to CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin.

The driver of the car, 27-year-old Joseph Holloway of the 400 block of West Goethe Street, was cited for driving without a license and failure to exercise due care for pedestrians, Estrada said.

Police said it was not known if the teacher was standing in the middle of the street or crossing it when he was hit by the car.

He is the second CTU picketer to be hit by a car in as many days, Gadlin said.

On Tuesday a female teacher at Morgan Park High School at 111th and Vincennes was struck by a car while picketing. The teacher was taken to a local hospital, but Gadlin did not have additional details on the incident.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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