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Man hit by car after running out of gas in South Elgin

Updated: November 1, 2012 6:38AM

SOUTH ELGIN — A Bartlett man whose pickup truck had run out of gasoline was seriously injured late Thursday when a car struck him on Stearns Road, between the Fox River and McLean Boulevard, police said.

Anthony Gapastione, 27, of Carriageway in Bartlett, had turned on the truck’s flashing lights and had gotten out of the truck to seek help.

According to reports, Robert F. Clark Jr., 35, of Tuscola Avenue in St. Charles, was driving his car west on Stearns about 11:30 p.m. and told officers he had leaned down to pick up a drink, so he didn’t notice the stopped truck and pedestrian until it was too late to stop.

Police said Gapastione crashed through the windshield of Clark’s car.

Then, as Clark braked hard and one side of the car also struck the pickup truck, Gapastione’s body was thrown by inertia back off the car and onto the pavement.

Police said Gapastione was flown by helicopter to a regional medical center where a report on his condition was not available. Clark was taken by ambulance to Provena Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin for treatment of injuries he suffered in the crash.

The westbound lanes of Stearns were closed for hours between Route 25 and McLean as a crash reconstruction team analyzed what had happened.

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