Death of Pedestrian in Austin Ruled a Vehicular Homicide


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The alley where the victim was found.

Following an autopsy, the death of a woman who was struck and killed by an SUV driver and found in an Austin alley early Sunday morning has been ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

LaTasha Amos, 37, was found unresponsive in the alley in the 1100 block of South Mason at 3 a.m. and was taken to Loyola University Medical Center, according to Officer Michael Sullivan of Police News Affairs. Amos, who lived on the 4700 block of West Adams Street, was pronounced dead at 3:23 a.m., according to the morgue.

The autopsy found that Amos died of multiple injuries after the motorist struck her and then fled the scene, authorities said. The police are conducting a death investigation, but no one is in custody, and no further information is currently available, Sullivan said.

Fatality Tracker: 2013 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths

Pedestrian: 19 (15 were from hit-and-run crashes, 2 in semi- and box truck crashes)
Bicyclist: 3

  • Adam Herstein

    While this is a terrible tragedy, I’m glad that the CPD is treating this incident seriously.

  • Anonymous

    This wasn’t an accident this was a murder. The person will be charged and the amos and Wilcox family will get justice. The person who did this will get just what they deserve. God bless and keep the Amos and Wilcox block family.

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