UPDATE: After tonight’s win, the White Sox issued a statement on the events before the game:
Chicago White Sox Statement on Pregame Incident
Four fans were injured this evening in a hit-and-run incident outside Guaranteed Rate Field prior to the start of tonight’s Chicago White Sox game. The injured were treated at the scene and transported to local hospitals, while the Illinois State Police and Chicago Police apprehended the suspect blocks away.
Our hearts go out to the four fans who were injured this evening, their families and friends, as well as the fans who witnessed the incident on their way to a baseball game. The Chicago White Sox organization expresses its appreciation to the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Fire Department, the Illinois State Police and others, including fans, who responded to the incident and provided immediate care for the victims.
Please contact The Chicago Police Department for additional details/information.
Daily Herald White Sox writer Scot Gregor was there, in the aftermath:
If you’re heading to White Sox game tonight, 35th St. is shut down right in front of Guaranteed Rate Field. Sounds like multiple pedestrians hit by vehicle. pic.twitter.com/v3VAXnQfEL— Scot Gregor (@scotgregor) June 20, 2023
Various social media reports peg this as a DUI accident, with the driver in custody. A police officer calling in the accident estimated the accident occurring with the car going 38 mph:
“A car just blew through the White Sox [crowd] and hit a bunch of people ... hit a bunch of people. Send paramedics! Send paramedics!”
The officer identified the driver as a white male, “hanging out the sunroof” and that he hit “about five people.” Four people were listed as in custody in the aftermath of the accident.
In another report, one pedestrian hit was reported as “red” (critical), while two were transported to the emergency room as “yellow” (serious).
South Side Sox will update this story as more is known, or as appropriate.