Speeding Truck Causes Car to Crash into St. Elizabeth Cente
October 5, 2023
ROCKFORD—A front entrance at St. Elizabeth Center Adult Services building will be getting an unexpected repair after an accident the evening of Sept. 15.
 
Rockford police responded to a car crash at approximately 8:57 p.m. in which a 2014 Dodge Ram truck driven by 24-year-old Kyler Cisneros of Belvidere was traveling southbound on South Main St. and struck the passenger side rear fender of a 2021 Nissan Ultima driven by Carmela Mandujano, 51, of Rockford as she was turning onto South Main St. from Lane Street and then westbound on Salter Ave.  The truck, reported by witnesses to be racing another vehicle, was traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck Mandujano’s vehicle pushing it into the entrance of St. Elizabeth’s entrance doors at 1505 South Main.
 
Three passengers, all minors, in Mandujano’s vehicle were sent to Swedish American Hospital for treatment. Cisneros was issued two traffic violations according to police reports.
 
Cathy Weightman-Moore, director of Catholic Charities, was called to the scene where she reported that the car had been “pushed up the stairs, breaking the glass in one of the doors, and scattering and dislodging bricks from the entrance.”
 
Weightman-Moore reported that the “City of Rockford building inspector was on hand Friday night to ensure that the building was immediately secured.” 
 
“We are grateful for the quick response of the Rockford Police Department and other first responders and our prayers are with the family who were in the car hit by the speeding vehicle,” Weightman-Moore said.
 
Normal operations at St. Elizabeth Center Adult Services Building were able to resume on Sept. 18 as that entrance is not used for regular access to the building. Bids for repairs are underway but no damage estimates were available at press time.
 
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