Driver cited after crash into Highland Park business

An Evanston man was cited for negligent driving Tuesday after he drove his vehicle the night before into a building along Route 41 in Highland Park, police and fire officials said.

Highland Park police and fire crews were called just after 5 p.m. to the K Brothers Tile & Stone company at 3150 Skokie Valley Road for a report of a car that crashed into a building. Upon arriving, first responders found Lino Rodrigues, 41, of Evanston, trapped inside the car.

“His vehicle didn’t go all the way into the building, but it knocked out some bricks,” said Fire Chief Pat Tanner, adding that no one was inside the building at the time of the accident.

Rodrigues was cited for illegal lane use, negligent driving and operating an uninsured vehicle.

Deputy Police Chief George Pfutzenreuter said it does not appear alcohol or drugs were a factor, but the investigation remains ongoing.

Tanner said fire crews had to cut the doors and roof off the vehicle to get Rodrigues out, a process took about 30 minutes.

He was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville and released Tuesday, Pfutzenreuter said.

“According to witnesses he was traveling southbound when he just abruptly veered off to the right, went through a fence and into the building,” Pfutzenreuter said.

While there is a visible hole in the building’s wall, officials determined it was safe to occupy. K Brothers Tile & Stone was back open for business Tuesday. Since 1959, the family-owned store has sold tile, granite counter tops and flooring as well completed remodeling jobs on the North Shore.

Officials did not provide a damage estimate, but the vehicle was totaled.

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