Joliet police found an upside-down Kia Sportage on the sidewalk when they responded to a reported crash Monday afternoon.
Officers responded about 2:45 p.m. Monday to the intersection of Collins and Ohio Streets for a reported crash, Deputy Chief Ed Gregory said. When police arrived, they saw a 2011 Kia Sportage SUV upside down on the sidewalk on Ohio west of Collins.
The Kia's passenger side was dented, and its airbags had deployed. A 2012 Dodge Caravan van had front-end damage. Its airbags had also deployed.
Brianne Castillo and her passenger, a 47-year-old woman, had both exited the upside-down SUV by the time police arrived. They were later transported to an area hospital for reported injuries, Gregory said.
The drivers of both cars gave police conflicting stories as to whom had the right of way, and there were no independent witnesses of the crash.
Castillo told police she was driving west on Ohio, crossing Collins Street on a green light, when the van, traveling south on Collins, struck her vehicle. The 20-year-old woman, who had been driving the van, told police she was driving south on Collins, and had a green light to proceed across Ohio Street, when Castillo pulled out in front of her and caused the crash.
Castillo was cited for failing to provide proof of insurance. Police were working to locate possible video footage from local businesses that might have captured the crash, as of Tuesday afternoon.
The vehicles needed to be towed from the scene.