On Thursday, October 17, 2008, the Chicago Sun-Times had a story about the misfortune recently visited upon Michael Bielinski. On October 5, 2008, Michael was driving on the Kennedy Expressway, at about 3:30 am. He was returning home from a birthday party. His girlfriend was with him. Michael’s vehicle was making a funny sound, so he pulled over near Ontario Street to have a look. And that’s where things went south. As he was checking his vehicle, he was struck by another car. The driver of the other car never bothered to stop. MIke suffered horrendous injuries – a ruptured spleen; fractured vertebrae and assorted internal injuries. And, last week, his left leg was amputated. Michael now faces weeks or physical therapy at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. To make matters worse, Mike doesn’t have any health insurance. His medical bills will likely top $100,000. Mike’s dad has offered a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the driver. In addition, Villa Rosa Pizza, Mike’s employer is throwing a fund-raiser for Mike on October 27, 2008, from 4-8 pm. Finally, a medical expense fund has been set up at the Devon-Edgebrook Associated Bank, 6355 N. Central. Illinois State Police have been able to identify the other car as a black Mercedes Benz, based upon debris at the scene.
Anyone with information about the crash can call the Illinois State Police.

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