An Elgin driver's confusion over pedestrian-crossing signs on South Third Street contributed to Tuesday's three-car accident that pushed one vehicle onto the sidewalk next to the Geneva Post Office, Geneva police reports indicate.
Three drivers refused treatment following the accident that took place around 10:43 a.m. Nov. 13 at the intersection of James Street and South Third Street, reports said.
According to reports, a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Samsam Turkman, 65, of Elgin was travelling east on James Street and stopped at the stop sign at South Third Street as a Hyundai Sonata driven by Violeta Flores, 77, was travelling north on Third Street.
Reports said Turkman saw the yellow pedestrian crosswalk stop sign for northbound traffic, assumed that Flores’ Sonata would stop, and proceeded into the intersection. His Malibu struck the rear of the Sonata, which veered to its left into the northwest corner of the intersection, near the Post Office, where it struck a sign post, park bench and two large newspaper boxes, all owned by the city of Geneva.
The newspaper boxes then fell into a parked Chrysler Town & Country owned by Sandra Smith, 57, of Batavia. More than $1,500 damage was done to any one person’s vehicle.
Geneva Medic 251 arrived on the scene, but all three drivers refused treatment. Turkman was charged with failure to yield at a stop intersection and has a court date of Dec. 11, reports said.
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