A Moline man is in critical condition after an accident on John Deere Road Sunday morning.
According to Moline police Lt. John Hitchcock, Andrew W. Allen, 19, of Moline, was involved in an accident early Sunday morning near the intersection of 53rd Street and John Deere Road. He said that while the investigation is not yet complete, it appears Mr. Allen was driving north on 53rd Street and attempted to turn right onto John Deere Road when he lost control of the car.
The car, he said, rolled into a ditch and landed on its roof. Lt. Hitchcock said Mr. Allen was found 30 to 40 feet from the car and was conscious.
Lt. Hitchcock did not have details about Mr. Allen's injuries, but said he was airlifted to OSF St. Francis hospital in Peoria after the wreck. A spokeswoman for OSF St. Francis said this afternoon that Mr. Allen was in critical condition.
Lt. Hitchcock said police were investigating whether the car Mr. Allen was driving was stolen. He said the owner of the car is a Moline resident who did not know the car was gone until police informed him they found the car. He said the owner also told police that Mr. Allen did not have permission to use the car.
No other cars were involved in the accident and police are investigating whether anyone else was in the car at the time of the accident. Lt. Hitchcock said nobody else was found at the accident scene.
No charges had been filed in connection with the accident as of Monday afternoon, Lt. Hitchcock said.
Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.