Update On Truck Driver's Condition and Expressway Shooting Investigationby Jana Ritter - Published: 5/23/2016
As Chicago police continue to investigate Thursday night’s shooting on the Dan Ryan Expressway, the truck driver’s daughter speaks out about his condition and uncertain future.
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Ion Rafan, 68, had just finished a day on the job late Thursday evening and was heading north on the Dan Ryan Expressway to the location where he planned to park his rig and go home. Then just as he was passing the 95th Street exit, someone suddenly someone drove up and opened fire on his truck. A bullet came crashing through the driver’s side window and struck him just below his nose, then travelled up through his nose. Nearby motorists noticed his truck weaving back and forth between lanes and began calling 911 to get him help. Rafan was still conscious enough to pull his truck to a complete stop in the middle of the road and a Good Samaritan immediately stopped to assist him and help keep him conscious until paramedics arrived.
The truck driver was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and has been there ever since with his family by his side. His daughter, Alina Rafan, spoke to the media and said that her father is expected to survive but it will be a long and slow recovery. She also said that he is a hard-working man who didn’t deserve this and it's uncertain now if he’ll be able to return to the truck driving job that he truly enjoyed. "He loves his job. He loves what he's doing and it's really sad that something like that happened," she said. She also said that the family is devastated and hopes investigators will be able to provide them with answers to what caused this tragic, senseless shooting. “Whoever thinks this is funny or a game, it’s actually not,” Alina said. “You hurt families. You hurt people.”