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Driver Fatally Strikes 45-Year-Old Woman in Avalon Park

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The 8100 block of South Stony Island from the driver’s perspective. Image: Google Street View

A 45-year-old woman was struck and killed Tuesday night while walking across Stony Island Avenue in the 8100 block of South Stony Island in the Avalon Park neighborhood.

At around 8:15 p.m., the woman was crossing the southbound lanes of Stony Island when she was hit by a southbound motorist, according to Officer Hector Alfaro from Police News Affairs. The victim was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was later pronounced dead, Alfaro said. The identity of the woman has not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin.

The driver, a 46-year-old male, was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in the roadway, as well as failure to exercise due care to a pedestrian in the roadway, according to Alfaro. Major Accidents is investigating.

Fatality Tracker: 2016 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 7 (two were hit-and-run crashes)

  • Anne A

    This crossing is similar to places where I often need to cross streets like 95th or Western. Most drivers don’t want to slow down even a little bit, much less come to a stop. My sympathy to the family and friends of the victim. She didn’t deserve to die just for crossing the street.

  • Bernard Finucane

    The design of this street is absolutely awful. They should remove the center median and use the space to widen the sidewalks and make the street boulevard with service roads. That failing, the least they could do is provide bulbouts at the intersections and in front of schools.

  • I never understood what we’re supposed to be getting of those mini-strip-park medians. They’re not big enough for anyone to use recreationally, they’re expensive to maintain, and they encourage the cars to pretend it’s an expressway.

    Put the car lanes next to each other and put a parklet on one side or the other, much better, plus wider sidewalks.

  • Anne A

    When streets are this wide, having *some* median space to use as a mid-street ped refuge is essential. This street is too wide for slower moving folks or anyone entering late in the walk signal to get all the way across. What I’d rather see is a narrower median and barrier-protected bike lanes. Most of the time speeds are too high here because there’s too much road for the number of cars using it.

  • Bernard Finucane

    I agree that a wide road needs interruption. But a big median only makes sense if it is accessible. Look at the design of these Paris streets.

    https://www.google.de/maps/@48.8497336,2.3078939,3a,89.3y,168.42h,86.16t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sQicARwbP3PsTD3GSz_XjFA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    Or what is happening on Queens Boulevard

  • Bernard Finucane

    Exactly. And see my other remark in this thread.

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