Pedestrian Killed on Near West Side


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The 1100 block of West Roosevelt, looking westbound.

Yesterday morning, a 57-year-old pedestrian died after being fatally struck on the 1100 block of West Roosevelt, which is located just west of St. Ignatius College Prep.

At about 6:30 a.m., several witnesses observed the man “walking against traffic,” according to Officer Bari Lemmon from Police News Affairs. He was struck by a westbound driver who reportedly had a green light, Lemmon said.

Caldwell was transported to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:11 a.m., according to officials. The driver stayed on the scene and was not cited, Lemmon said. Major Accidents is investigating the case.

Updated on October 19, 5:55 p.m. The victim has been identified as Joe Caldwell, of the 1400 block of South Blue Island, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Fatality Tracker: 2014 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 22 (6 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 7 (1 was a hit-and-run crash)

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Every traffic death is a sad occasion.

    What I’d like to know is, in how many of these cases can improved street design, road diets, speed cams, red light cams have prevented this or other deaths?

    Certainly I wont argue too heavily against using traffic calming and cameras, as in the long run some of these things are useful tools when used appropriately.

    However, when politicos jump on the Vision Zero bandwagon, and interest groups like Streetsblog or ATA make outlandish proposal s like no ped deaths by 2024, I have to wonder what is the use of creating a public expectation that this can be accomplished when you will still have people in the road in the wrong place at the wrong time. How many of these deaths have been due to drunk driving. But I don’t see the commitment to creating a system that can keep the habitual drunks off the roads. No matter how many road diets you have, it ain’t going to make the roads safer for drunks.

    Lastly, now that its darker earlier and later, will the bike riders please get some lights. If I can’t see you in your dark clothes and no lights, how am I supposed to antipate your moves in traffic.

  • tooter turtle

    Every day I drive I have to yield to pedestrians who are not where they are supposed to be. As a driver, you have to be prepared for this. You have to go a reasonable speed, slowing around blind spots especially. We drivers don’t have the ‘right’ to drive at or sbove the speed limit, even when pedestrians and cyclists ignore the rules of the road.

  • David P.

    W4, I would not call Vision Zero outlandish, because it is based on a vision and programs to execute it that has actually been put in place and has a demonstrated and rather spectacular record of success. But getting to something like Vision Zero is not merely about laws, but about changing cultural norms and expectations. This can be done in Chicago or New York as well as it can be done in any other city, but it takes a long time for changes in cultural norms to sink in. Every time I am in California, for instance, I sort of marvel at how everyone stops to let pedestrians cross the street. Sure, this has something to do with a laid-back west coast vibe, but it has the most to do with legislatures and councils creating laws and police departments enforcing them consistently over a very long time range, allowing time for “stopping to let humans cross the street” become the new norm. The role enforcement side of this was related to me by a friend who is a retired LAPD officer.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Im a firm believer in managing peoples expectations. When interests groups like the ATA say they want no pedestrian deaths by 2024, I have to wonder how that will be accomplished. When your like Streetsblog and count people crossing four lane highways as a pedestrian death how does that fit into Vision Zero.

    I just think Vision Zero as a theme sounds great. Politicians love it because hey, who doesn’t want to be anti-ped death. But in reality there are so many factors that can’t be necessarily controlled by speed cameras, stop light cameras, road diets, etc. Many people cross safely mid block. However, just that one time when someone makes an unsafe attempt and gets hit and a death ensues, it just has to be the fault of the driver and not poor judgement on behalf of pedestrian.

  • cjlane

    “that one time when someone makes an unsafe attempt and gets hit and a death ensues, it just has to be the fault of the driver and not poor judgement on behalf of pedestrian”

    This.

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