Driver Cited for Negligence After Fatally Striking Man in Dunning

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The 7900 block of West Belmont, from the driver’s perspective. Image: Google Street View

The motorist who struck and killed an as-yet-unidentified man in the Dunning neighborhood early Sunday morning has received two citations.

At about 12:40 a.m. Sunday, a man who appeared to be in his fifties was crossing southbound on the 7900 block of West Belmont, according to Officer Jose Estrada from Police News Affairs. The man’s name has not been released pending notification of kin, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Jaime Delgado, driving westbound in a 2006 Honda Sedan, struck the pedestrian. The victim was transported to Loyola Hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead.

Delgado, who remained at the scene, was ticketed for negligent driving and driving without a license. “According to a preliminary investigation, the pedestrian may have unexpectedly entered the roadway and the driver may not have had time to respond,” said Estrada.

It’s not clear who provided that testimony, but obviously the victim is not alive to tell his side of the story. It may be the case that the Delgado didn’t have time to respond because he was driving at an unsafe speed.

Update 9/7/16: The Cook County medical examiner’s office has identified the victim as Krzysztof Wlostowski, of the 7900 block of West Belmont.

Fatality Tracker: 2016 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 18 (eight were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 4 (one was a hit-and-run crash)

  • David P.

    …and it may be the case that the pedestrian was crossing the street in an unsafe manner. I don’t know, neither do you, and is a bit misleading to suggest that it was the driver’s fault.

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