Elderly Pedestrian Killed in Lakeview Crash


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The crash site, from the driver’s perspective.

A van driver fatally struck an 80-year-old man at the intersection of Ashland and Wellington Thursday morning, according to authorities. Jamie Ramirez was crossing eastbound at 8:45 a.m. when he was hit by the 50-year-old driver of a northbound 2006 Kia van, said Officer Janel Sedevic from Police News Affairs. The senior ran out into the street, outside of the crosswalk and against the light, Sedevic said.

The victim, whose residence was listed as being on the 800 block of West Lill in a DNAinfo story but was reported as being on the 8000 block of South Western by CBS, was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 8:38 p.m. Friday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The motorist, whose name has not been released, was the only person in the car and was not injured, police said. He told officers that he was unable to stop in time in order to avoid striking Ramirez. Witnesses backed up the driver’s claim, according to the Tribune. The driver was not cited. Area North detectives are investigating the crash.

Fatality Tracker: 2013 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths

Pedestrian: 20 (15 were from hit-and-run crashes, 2 in semi- and box truck crashes)
Bicyclist: 4