Driver Kills Elderly Pedestrian on Northwest Side


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The 4400 block of North Narragansett, from the driver’s perspective.

A driver fatally struck Nicholas Marx, Jr., 85, early Thursday morning as he walked across the 4400 block of North Narragansett, police said.

Marx, who lived about half mile east on the 4400 block of North Mason in Jefferson Park, was crossing westbound “outside of the crosswalk” at about 5:50 a.m. when he was hit by the southbound driver, according to Officer Michael Sullivan from Police New Affairs. The stretch of Narragansett where the crash occurred, near Wright College, is a broad four-lane street, which encourages speeding.

Marx was taken to Presence Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:01 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner. The driver remained at the scene and was not charged or cited. The police department’s Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.

Fatality Tracker: 2014 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths

Pedestrian: 6 (3 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 0