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Waukegan driver arrested after two pedestrians hit in Gurnee

Updated: October 2, 2012 6:07AM

GURNEE — In what police are calling a “serious injury accident” two women were struck Thursday night as they crossed O’Plaine Road after an orientation at the Warren Township High School O’Plaine Campus.

Gurnee police said Friday they received multiple 9-1-1 calls around 8:35 p.m. for an accident near Hayner Avenue where two Gurnee women, ages 43 and 46, had been struck by a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am that was traveling northbound on O’Plaine Road.

The high school was holding a campus orientation for parents of freshman and sophomores, and scores of people were heading back to their vehicles, including a number of people walking to a nearby church parking lot across O’Plaine Road from the school.

A number of people were in the crosswalk, according to witnesses, when the two women were struck by a vehicle driven by Ana Vaca-Alvarez, 24, of Waukegan, who was issued citations for driving on a suspended driver’s license, failing to yield to a pedestrian and driving too fast for conditions.

The investigation is ongoing and police want witnesses to call them at (847) 599-7000.

Both victims were transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center, Libertyville, by Gurnee Fire Department paramedics.

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