Driver Crashes Into Door of Bowmanville Carwash, Killing Woman Inside

The carwash on the 5400 block of North Damen. Image: Google Street View
The carwash on the 5400 block of North Damen. Image: Google Street View

On Saturday morning a motorist drove through the closed overhead door of a carwash in the Bowmanville neighborhood, killing mail carrier Passion Overstreet, 28, who was inside the facility.

Around 9:50 a.m., the 56-year-old male driver drove a Volkswagen Golf compact car through the door of the carwash, located on the 5400 block of North Damen, according to Officer Michelle Tannehille from Police News Affairs. Overstreet was pinned under the vehicle and the door.

Chicago Fire Department personnel extricated the victim and transported her to Saint Frances Hospital in Evanston, Tannehill said. Overstreet, who lived in the South Side neighborhood of Fuller Park, was pronounced dead at 10:27 a.m.

The driver stayed at the scene and was ticketed for failure to yield to a pedestrian – due care, according to Tannehill. The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled that the killing was accidental.

“The Chicago District Postal Service is shocked and sadden by the sudden loss of a dear postal family member in this tragic incident,” said to a statement from the post office. “Our hearts and prayers are with her family and loved ones as well as with her extended postal family at the Ravenswood Post Office.”

Fatality Tracker: 2017 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 4 (one was a hit-and-run crash)
Bicyclist: 1


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  • Courtney

    My thoughts are with the victim’s family. Though I don’t believe in the carceral state, it’s a shame this guy was only charged with what is basically a slap on the wrist. At the very least he should pay damages to the family and have his license suspended for at least 2-3 years.

  • Dear Coroner,

    How is driving one’s car into a building an accident?

    -Steven

  • “have his license suspended for at least 2-3 years.”
    It’s really the least a judge and prosecutor can do to privilege-abusers on behalf of *everyone else*.

  • Is this common practice for a coroner to offer their opinions on an official document. Doesn’t the coroner only see the body and make judgements from that. Blunt trauma etc. But how does the coroner know whether or not the driver intentionally killed the the woman, may she Rest In Peace. An accident would be like a car part failed causing the car to uncontrollably to accelerate through the door. How would the Coroner know that. This sounds like malpractice on the coroner’s part. Unless the judgement was itself an accident.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    The authorities determined that the driver hadn’t intentionally killed the victim, which seemed to be a possibility.

  • Anne A

    My sympathy to the victim, her family and friends.

  • Courtney

    Well I’m sure most people who are careless drivers have no intention of killing anyone….
    The driver/killer should still have his license revoked.

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