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Old town restaurant raises money for injured staff after car crashes into patio, injuring 6

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OLD TOWN – A popular Old Town bar and restaurant is raising money to support injured staff after a car jumped a curb in Wells Street and landed on its outdoor patio, injuring at least six people, including two restaurant workers .

According to police and firefighters, the incident took place around 10:30 p.m. Friday night when a silver Lexus sedan was traveling south and attempted to pass a Prius in the same direction. But the car trapped the Prius, causing it to lose control of the wheel and “jump over the curb” at 1248 N. Wells St., according to a preliminary police report.

The vehicle then hit several people who were dining on the terrace of the Uproar restaurant. Police said the driver fled the scene – a detail confirmed by social media posts from the restaurant and witnesses. The Prius driver was not injured, police said.

According to police, five people were taken to St Mary of Nazareth Hospital in good condition; a 26-year-old man, who had bruises on his back; a 32-year-old man, who suffered a laceration to the elbow; and a 26-year-old woman, who, according to police, sustained an injured foot.

Two women, aged 26 and 24, suffered broken legs and were taken to Northwestern Hospital in fair condition, police said. A spokesman for the fire service said a sixth person was also injured, but did not need to be hospitalized.

A media spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department said on Twitter that the vehicle had been stolen and was trying to flee when the accident happened.

Police said on Saturday morning that no one has been arrested in connection with the incident. In an email to Block Club, a police spokesperson said they could not immediately confirm that the car had been stolen.

In social media posts, Dante Deiana, a partner in the ownership group of the Uproar restaurant, said two of the restaurant’s staff suffered injuries and the driver of the car failed to check the injured staff or restaurant guests before fleeing. He thanked the Chicago Fire Department and Police for their prompt response.

“Tonight a car was stolen, drove recklessly down a high street, Wells, and crashed into our restaurant,” Deiana wrote on Twitter. “Please always be safe and aware of your surroundings. And take care of each other. These are scary times.”

Deiana did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Uproar said on his Instagram page it was open Saturday in an effort to raise money for his injured staffers. The restaurant has a GoFundMe that raised more than $24,000 on Saturday night.

“We are absolutely devastated,” the Uproar staff wrote on GoFundMe. “We are hopeful that by coming together as a community we can help the injured make a speedy recovery.”

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