Driver Who Crushed Bridgeport DJ’s Legs Charged With Misdemeanors

Logan Bay. Photo: YouCaring
Logan Bay. Photo: YouCaring

The motorist who pinned DJ and broadcaster Logan Bay against his own parked car in front of his Bridgeport home last month, leading to the partial amputation of his legs, was cited for moving violations. As Bay recovers from his injuries, family and friends are raising money to help cover his medical expenses.

The night of the crash, Bay, who serves as station director for Lumpen Radio (WLPN) was unloading DJ gear at his home on South Archer Avenue in Bridgeport following a community event he produced. At 1:07 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, a 26-year-old male driver who was heading southwest on Archer struck Bay in the legs, according to Officer Laura Amezaga from Police News Affairs.

The driver was cited for improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed. Amezaga said police do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved, and it doesn’t appear that the motorist was trying to park his car.

However, Bay’s longtime friend and WLPN founder Ed Marszewski told DNAinfo that the driver had been parked on the street behind Bay’s car when he abruptly lurched forward in his vehicle and pinned Bay between the two cars. Marszewski added that while there doesn’t seem to be video of the crash witnesses said the driver who struck the DJ may have been involved in an argument inside his car prior to the collision.

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the 2900 block of South Archer. Image: Google Street View

Bay was transported to Cook County hospital with catastrophic injuries to his legs, and his right leg was partially amputated the next day. Since then he has undergone several other surgeries, including a major procedure to his left leg that involved the partial removal of his left foot.

“My new limbs are now shaped and sealed so I will have about 2/3 of my foot on my left leg and a limb that ends right around the knee on my right leg,” Bay posted on Facebook on March 31. “After I recover this week it will be time to start physical therapy and looking into prosthetic options… But I am fine and happy and so blessed.”

Marszewski told the Chicago Reader that Bay is “is such a f—ing nut that he’s been programming the station from his hospital bed. The great group he’s brought to WLPN is pulling together and will definitely keep going.”

In addition to a long recovery, Bay, who is also one half of the Gutter Butter DJ Crew, a flyer and mural artist, and a curator at Bridgeport’s Co-Prosperity Sphere arts space, will have steep bills for his insurance copayments, prosthetics, and physical therapy. On Tuesday Marszewski launched a YouCaring crowdfunding page with the goal of raising $50,000, which has already raised more than $45,000.

The quick response is likely due to appreciation for Bay’s many community projects. “He’s facilitated so many activities, in Bridgeport especially, from after-school programs and a kids’ annual fashion show to meeting with different artists,” Marszewski told DNA. “He’s just a huge force and the nicest guy on earth.”

In a message on the YouCaring page, Marszewski wrote that when Bay was asked if he wanted to sue the driver, Logan said no, because he didn’t want to “ruin another life.” Bay’s compassion for the man who injured him is impressive, but hopefully the legal system will hold the motorist accountable for his actions, which have permanently changed another person’s life.

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