Driver Fatally Strikes 53-Year-Old Woman in Wicker Park

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The entrance to the CVS parking lot. Image: Google Streetview

Last night, a young woman driving out of a drug store parking lot struck and killed a female pedestrian in Wicker Park, according to Officer Janel Sedovic from News Affairs.

At about 7:40 p.m., Samar Khan, 23, was exiting the parking lot of the CVS at 1200 North Ashland in her Nissan Juke mini-SUV, Sedovic said. The lot’s driveway passes through the building and abruptly crosses the sidewalk on Division.

As Khan, of the 1200 block of North Cleaver in Noble Square, turned left to head east on Division, she struck a 53-year-old woman who was “standing in the street,” Sedovic said.

A police source noted that the pedestrian was “intoxicated” and “was wearing all black clothing.” However, the police report did not include details about the movements of the driver or the pedestrian.

The victim was taken to Stroger hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, Sedovic said. As of early this afternoon, the Cook County medical examiner’s office had not released the woman’s identity.

Khan was cited for failure to exercise due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian in the roadway. Major Accidents is investigating.

Fatality Tracker: 2014 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 24 (6 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 8 (1 was a hit-and-run crash)

  • Frankie Machine

    This curb cut is terrible and I’ve had close calls here before as a pedestrian. Mostly drivers nose their way out and block the sidewalk while they wait to be able to turn (and, to be fair, as a driver exiting that parking lot you can’t really see whether or not you can turn without blocking the sidewalk). I’m just not sure how the pedestrian could have been killed unless the driver just gunned it out of the lot without slowing down or looking in the street. Tragic.

  • tooter turtle

    It sounds like the victim was not being very smart. Nevertheless, she did not deserve to die for it. I’m sure the driver didn’t want to hurt anyone, but perhaps she didn’t have the experience to understand how terribly cautious a driver must be in an urban area. Very sad for all involved.

  • Streeterville Resident

    These driveways that cross sidewalks without sightlines for drivers are the worst. For instance, the Children’s Hospital on Chicago has drivers making left or right turns across the sidewalk WHILE THE PEDESTRIANS have the walk signal. The drivers rarely yield, as well. I get it, they’re going to a Children’s hospital and probably stressed out but they are driving onto a busy sidewalk without any concern for the people already there.

  • Christopher Murphy

    It don’t understand how this in anyway could be the pedestrian’s fault.
    How fast do you have to be going with out stopping in order to kill
    someone? The only way I could imagine someone getting killed is the
    driver going fast out of the parking lot without stopping or slowing
    down.

  • Matt F

    Is there a reason we post the block that the driver lives on? I’m sure you guys probably aren’t the only source that does it, but what benefit does that have? The driver probably feels bad enough as is, do we need to send a mob after them?

  • BlueFairlane

    Driver was probably looking at oncoming traffic as she pulled out to make sure there wasn’t any approaching traffic, and she probably continued looking that direction as she pulled into the street, failing to look in front of her. If she saw the victim in the street, it wasn’t until it was too late.

  • rohmen

    I lived in that area for a long time, and I would sometimes hit the CVS with my car if I was running other errands and needed something quick while out.

    Not justifying what happened here, but, as you note, it’s a horrible location for a curb-cut, and it has some pretty bad blind spots. They can be dealt with somewhat if you go slow and inch out (basically blocking the sidewalk as you note), but it never should have been approved in the first place. I’d often exit out in the alley direction because I didn’t feel safe using that exit when I knew streams of pedestrians would potentially be walking by at any given time.

  • Jenn

    The woman was hit standing in the middle of the road dressed in all black drunk. A bottle of alcohol was in her hand, I was a bystander at the bus stop there. The driver was going no faster than 10 mph. PS shame on you for posting the poor drivers address.

  • Having the address of the motorist can provide an additional clue about the circumstances of the crash. For example, in this case we know the crash happened a six-minute walk from the driver’s home.

  • News reports on cases like this generally include the driver’s name and address, if the driver is cited or charged with a crime. Also see my comment below.

    If you were a bystander, can you provide more info about the movements of the driver and the pedestrian, or any other useful information? If so, I hope you have shared that info with the police.

  • Fred

    And how is that information pertinent?

  • Matt F

    Thanks John

  • Matt

    The person was probably familiar with the area?

  • This may have been a completely unnecessary car trip that could have been replaced with a short walk. If that was the case, that would make this death even more senseless.

  • Fred

    Or maybe the driver was in a cast after breaking her left ankle in a freak skydiving accident last week (making walking difficult), went out to buy 3 cases of beer (difficult to carry) and stopped on her way home from her job in Northbrook (already in the car).

  • FG

    Or afraid of being accosted by drunks on the sidewalk! A lot of women are, rightfully, worried about their safety walking at night in Chicago.

  • Chicago Citizen

    John, playing the “what if” game dosent help. What if the drunk woman didnt drink alcohol. What if she didn’t wear black. What if it wasn’t raining. What if it was sunny out. What if the driver was born poor and never bought a car to ever use. Your statement is so ridiculous. You have no idea where the driver was coming from/going to or who he/she was with.

  • Jenn

    I did share the information with the police while I consoled the hysterical driver. I also made her friend take my number as a witness because I believe she was not in the wrong. The police knew the woman upon arrival of the scene and identified her as a homeless drug addict. The woman was standing in the middle of the street (where passing traffic meets) with a bottle of liquor in her hand. The drivers car mirror clipped the woman which made her fall on her head and the driver drove over her leg. It’s that the woman died – it must have been other factors (like health and age) which was the factor in her death. If this had happened to me for example (healthy) I wouldn’t imagine having more than a fractured skull and leg.

    The driver is a victim too, don’t forget the other side of stories when you type up your stories.

  • Brend

    Getting clipped by a side mirror would not cause a healthy person to even fall. I’ve been clipped by side mirrors while bicycling and while not pleasant it’s not even going to knock a healthy person down.

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