Man, 90, struck by vehicle; driver tracked down on I-74

Man, 90, struck by vehicle; driver tracked down on I-74

URBANA — A 90-year-old Urbana man required a trip to the emergency room early Saturday after being hit by a car whose driver left without helping him or waiting for police.

Urbana police Sgt. Cory Koker said James Copas, 90, of Urbana, had just left the south door of the McDonald’s at 601 N. Cunningham Ave., U, about 5:20 a.m. and was walking across the parking lot when he was struck by a car that was backing up in the drive-through lane.

Koker said the driver, Erica E. Frick, 27, of the 300 block of Prairieview Road, Mahomet, had pulled away from the drive-up window then apparently stopped and backed up because her food order wasn’t correct. That’s when she hit Copas, knocking him to the ground.

Copas sustained a severe cut to his hand, a cut chin and a bump on his head, according to Koker, and went to Carle Foundation Hospital for treatment.

Koker said Frick stopped the car and her boyfriend got out and checked on Copas, then got back in the car and they left without waiting for police.

Police had the license number of the car and learned that it registered to Frick, who lives in Mahomet, so officers headed to Interstate 74. Koker located the car and pulled it over at the Prairieview Road exit.

He said Frick admitted that she had hit the man but believed her boyfriend when he said the victim was all right and that it was OK to leave.

Koker said Copas “was shocked and surprised they would leave after he asked them to go inside and get his friend who was eating.”

She was issued a ticket for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and taken to jail. She posted bond Saturday and was released.

Copas was treated and released from Carle.

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