Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 2:27 PM Thursday to a report of a hit-and-run crash with injuries at Arlington Heights Road and Lillian Avenue Arlington Heights, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report that a motorcyclist was down at the intersection.
Firefighters were already in the area when the call was dispatched. Police received a report of a hit-and-run crash. The offending vehicle was possibly a white Toyota Prius — unknown direction of travel. Firefighters were on the scene before police arrived and reported no second vehicle at the scene.
The motorcyclist — a 45-year-old male — was transported Advanced Life Support to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Extra paramedics accompanied the patient in the rescue ambulance en route to the hospital — taking an engine crew out of service.
If this is a confirmed hit-and-run, it is the second hit-and-run crash involving a motorcyclist victim in two weeks in Arlington Heights. On Thursday, August 28, 2014 at about 10:35 p.m. a motorcyclist was hit by a Ford Expedition. The driver of the Ford Expedition turned left in front of the motorcyclist — causing a crash — and then fled the scene but was apprehended by Arlington Heights police at his residence in Arlington Heights a short time after the crash.
IMPORTANT ALERT …
Cardinal Note: As of June 5, 2013 — up to and including the date of this article — police incidents related to the above police agency are not reported in real time or within a prompt time period. Police protecting their realm of investigation and police activity, have chosen to use secret military-grade encrypted radios to withhold their police communications, which were previously open to the public and news media via monitoring of public safety scanning radios — with no known negative results locally.
The delayed knowledge or entirely blacked out knowledge resulting from encrypted police communications may protect certain police operations and investigations, but it also puts the public at risk in situations such as when armed and dangerous offenders are at large and when other similar situations occur, such as when desperate offenders of property crimes are eluding police. In other cases, the delayed or blacked out information inhibits or prohibits the possibility of the public providing early witness accounts before a criminal trail goes cold. Citizens are much more likely to recognize or recall suspicious or criminal activity if they are aware of the criminal incident within minutes or hours of its occurrence. The most serious incident involving dire results would be a trail that is allowed to go cold in the case of child abduction.
The lack of real time information from public police dispatch also weakens an effective neighborhood watch program mostly working to prevent property loss, but also working to prevent possible violent crimes.
Lack of real time information from police dispatch also delays public awareness or eliminates public awareness of general hazards and traffic or other situations in every day living in an otherwise economically thriving community.
Police have alternate ways to transmit tactical, operational or investigative information, while still keeping their main public dispatch channels open for the best balance of public safety and police safety.
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