Uninsured Driver With Suspended License Kills Man in East Garfield Park


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The crash site from the driver’s perspective.

A 33-year-old man died Wednesday morning, after a pickup truck driver struck him in East Garfield Park the previous night. At about 8 p.m. Tuesday, Cayode Fornize, of the 2500 block of East 81st in the South Chicago neighborhood, was crossing the street at Pulaski and Van Buren. According to Officer José Estrada from News Affairs, Fornize was struck “in the center of the intersection,” so it’s unclear which direction he was crossing.

The driver, Carl Binion, 38, of the 600 block of North Springfield in East Garfield, was heading north on Pulaski in a 2000 Dodge Ram when he struck Fornize, Estrada said. The victim was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 8:56 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Binion stayed at the crash scene. Police cited him with failure to yield to a pedestrian, driving with a suspended license, and driving without insurance. Major Accidents is investigating the case.

Fatality Tracker: 2014 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths

Pedestrian: 7 (3 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 0