Allegedly Intoxicated Driver Fatally Strikes Woman in Back of the Yards

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The 1900 block of West Garfield Boulevard. Image: Google Street View

A 49-year-old woman was struck and killed by an allegedly intoxicated driver in the Back of the Yards neighborhood early this morning.

At about 5:50 this morning, the pedestrian was crossing southbound on the 1900 block of West Garfield Boulevard when the 50-year-old male driver hit her, according to Officer Nicole Trainor from Police News Affairs. The woman was transported to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 6:42 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The name of the victim has not been released, pending notification of kin, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.

The driver, who stayed on the scene, was charged with misdemeanor DUI, failure to give right-of-way to a pedestrian, and driving without insurance, according to Trainor. He was bonded out this morning. A court date is scheduled for January 21 at the Daley Center.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 31 (12 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 7 (two were hit-and-run crashes)

  • Bernard Finucane

    The street looks like it was designed to kill pedestrians. That intersection needs curb extensions protected by polders. Another option is a pedestrian refuge in the middle of the street.

  • What’s a polder?

  • Bernard Finucane

    Eh sorry, I meant bollard. A polder is a Dutch swamp protected by a dike.

  • Anne A

    It’s a notorious speedway. Curb bumpouts could help somewhat. There is already a large existing ped refuge on the grassy parkway strip in the middle of the boulevard.

  • Bernard Finucane

    I was thinking of something more like this:

    https://www.google.de/maps/@51.2630538,6.7813839,3a,75y,268.06h,63.83t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sE4tAyJaDY9VcZkA0MwczpA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

    Parking is presumably illegal at the crosswalk so there is only need for two car lanes, not four. There is easily room for a 10 foot island between the lanes.

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