Hit-and-Run Van Driver Kills Senior in Englewood


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The crash site, 1019 West 59th.
 

Englewood resident Jeffrey Bond, 65, struck by a motorist who fled the scene, was the last reported Chicago pedestrian fatality of 2013. Bond stepped off the curb midblock at 1019 West 59th when the driver of an eastbound maroon or brown van hit him around 4:40 p.m. Thursday, according to Officer Steve Sesso from Police News Affairs. The victim lived around the corner from the crash site on the 5800 block of South Carpenter.

Emergency personnel transported Bond to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:23 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. An autopsy performed the next day found that he died from multiple blunt force injuries. The motorist, who fled eastbound, has not been apprehended, Sesso said.

Although final crash statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation are pending, it appears that 2013 Chicago pedestrian death toll, 22 by our count, was dramatically lower than last year, when 48 people were killed, and lower than the previous three years, with 35, 30, and 31 victims, respectively. The 2012 spike was blamed on a mild winter, increased driving for the first time in several years, and a rise in distracted driving.

Hopefully the lower fatality rate in 2013 represents a continuation of the downward trend, in keeping with the city’s goals of eliminating pedestrian fatalities by 2020. However the fact that 16 of the 22 pedestrian fatalities involved drivers that fled is a sobering reminder that more needs to be done to address Chicago’s hit-and-run epidemic.

Fatality Tracker: 2013 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths

Pedestrian: 22 (16 were from hit-and-run crashes, 3 in semi- and box truck crashes)
Bicyclist: 4

  • Randy Neufeld

    Streetsblog. Do you know the % of hit-and-run ped fatals in NYC and San Fran?

  • Let me ask our colleagues in those towns.

  • According to Stephen Miller from Streetsblog New York, 47 out 274 (10 percent) traffic fatalities (not just peds) in 2012 were hit-and-run. Working on getting SF info.

  • The SF editor says during the three years he’s covered transportation in the city for SF, he can’t recall any ped fatalities that were hit-and-runs.

  • cjlane

    John:

    There were several H&R pedestrian fatalities in SF in 2013. Here is just one of them: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/12/06/san-francisco-man-dies-crossing-street-in-hit-and-run/

    And there have been several in 2014, too. And SF had 20 pedestrian fatalities in 2013, with less than 1/3 the population.

  • Interesting, thanks.

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