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Update On Truck Driver's Condition and Expressway Shooting Investigation

by 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.”

                                                           

James McCreight
James McCreight
Appreciate the update.
Devan Carpenter
Devan Carpenter
The saddest part is this happened in a city that has the strictest gun law in American now tell me that the shooter was a law abiding citizen.... I'm also sure that driver was in a gun free zone come on America open your eyes let's put someone in the white house that don't want to take your guns ..... Feel Sry for this family
Tony Lazzara
Tony Lazzara
I grew up in Chgo, drove a truck in Chgo, had them open trailers doors, jump on the steps ,on State st by the old projects they would roll a baby buggy in front of your truck to get you to stop , I crushed a cple of those
Gary Steffan
Gary Steffan
I'm staying as far away from Chicago as possible, I think when that trucker was killed at the flying j now the loves that was it for me shot right in the face as he sat in the drivers seat
Bruce Bautch
Bruce Bautch
Sad that the IHP, is so issued with handing tickets out for trucks impeading traffic when cars are going 15 over. Maybe they could step up enforcement on the cars a little and get some of these loser thugs off the Dan.
Juan Huerta
Juan Huerta
Remember Chicago is a free gun zone! What a joke that law is. Hoping for a speedy recovery for the driver.
Juan Huerta
Juan Huerta
This is why i carry my pistol no matter where i go! I am gonna shoot back if fired upon guaranteed!
William Corley
William Corley
Better hope you don't get caught with it in New York.
Juan Huerta
Juan Huerta
I don't go to New York
Monty Jones
Monty Jones
Better hope u don't get caught with it n Illinois either ...
Randy Rekow
Randy Rekow
Know that has to be a tough one. In the face...his pain must be outrageous. Even with morph it's not gonna be a easy ride to say the least. Think shooter-boy needs to 'feel the burn' himself but his punishment really should be set by whatever this driver wants done to him, not some court. That would be justice.
Del Walton
Del Walton
You can't make so many pay for ones stupidity. The little bastard will slip up sooner or later and when he does I hope it's a truck driver that runs rite over his punk ass! And then backs up to make sure the little prick doesn't get out alive. I hope he's nothing but a grease spot when it's done, then they can name that stretch of road after him with a picture of his grease spot. Is that too harsh?
Dave Brendel
Dave Brendel
Maybe it's time truck driver start shooting back
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
Thanks:)
Adam McDonald
Adam McDonald
Of course, this wasn't taken in Illinois, since they don't honor my Wisconsin (or anyone elses) permit.
Ron McClain
Ron McClain
If the people of Chicago are OK with this, perhaps it's time to quit delivering freight, groceries and other goods to Chicago. Until them worthless Chicago bastards get control of that cesspit on the lake.
William Corley
William Corley
That's it. Strike fear. Lolololol it works everytime.
Brad Donovan
Brad Donovan
Please you all keep eyes open if you have to take out the car to save your life do it. Also put clear tape on Windows this will help keep the glass from shattering
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Software Scripts
yep:D
Olga Yakubovsky
Olga Yakubovsky
God please heal this driver. And punish the bad person. To a family Please stay strong !!!
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Software Scripts
Absolutely Agree
Brian Morris
Brian Morris
Shame all drivers should refuse. To deliver or pickup loads in that godless hole
David Hackney
David Hackney
Hope they catch the worthless bastard, and hang his ass from a highway bridge!
Bob Ball
Bob Ball
this is so sad whats the world coming to wow
Rick Kentaft
Rick Kentaft
Shitcago is out of control.
John Laprade
John Laprade
I was just there 3 days ago so sad
Cheryl McKnight
Cheryl McKnight
Praying for the victims; their family's; that this/these evil person/ people be caught!!
Tiny Mcfee
Tiny Mcfee
Shit I aint driving thru there thanks for reminding me
Bob Mabie
Bob Mabie
Maybe we should go to Chicago and shut it down.
Michael Nexsen
Michael Nexsen
Kinda why I turned down a part Chicago load for tmw!
Lee Rexroad
Lee Rexroad

Samuel Lee
Samuel Lee
BOYCOTT CHICAGO!
Kendal Nawadny
Kendal Nawadny
Come on motherfuckers shoot at me
Tony Lazzara
Tony Lazzara
Rambo it could've been a sniper. Like at 60 mph u see a sniper
Kendal Nawadny
Kendal Nawadny
Roger that
Rick Kempke
Rick Kempke
Hell, it could've been another truck driver. It's hard telling. I don't think they've got any vehicle identified in the shooting.
William Corley
William Corley
Lolololol! Facebook brings out the bad asses.
Jon Sell
Jon Sell
How sad is that !
James R Maxwell
James R Maxwell
Get well driver!!!
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Software Scripts
Yes!
Marcel Reed
Marcel Reed
Have they found the sumbitch yet
Sue Domenico
Sue Domenico
Wish him a speedy recovery
Michael Purtee
Michael Purtee
Fuck the chicago popos. They aint doin shit
Stevie Stevenson
Stevie Stevenson
🙏🏿🙏🙏🏾
Teresa Howard
Teresa Howard
So sad. Prayers to this man & family.
Star C Fleck III
Star C Fleck III
Wtf...... Paul Fleck Kyle OBryan
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Software Scripts
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