Van Driver Fatally Struck Wen Juan Wang, 45, Earlier This Month in Chinatown

The 1900 block of South Tan Court. Image: Google Street View
The 1900 block of South Tan Court. Image: Google Street View

A 45-year-old woman was struck and killed by a van driver on the block where she lived in Chinatown on Saturday, March 11.

At about 8:10 a.m. Wen Juan Wang was crossing the 1900 block of Tan Court, when the northbound driver of a 2005 Ford van struck her, according to Police News Affairs spokeswoman Chantal Gersch. The driver then struck a second moving vehicle before coming to a stop.

Wang was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 8:38 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The van driver, a 48-year-old man, stayed on the scene and was charged with failure to exercise due care for a pedestrian in the roadway, failure to reduce speed, and operating a vehicle without insurance, according to Gersch.

This fatality happened just a few blocks northwest of Cermak and Wentworth, where a truck driver fatally struck Augustin Arroyo, 56, last Saturday.

Fatality Tracker: 2017 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 9 (three were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 1


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