Trucker Struck and Killed Man Walking on O’Hare Perimeter Road

The 11500 block of Irving Park. Photo: Google Street View
The 11500 block of Irving Park. Photo: Google Street View

A truck driver fatally struck a male pedestrian next to O’Hare International Airport last week, according to police.

On Monday, May 8 around 12:40 a.m., the pedestrian was eastbound in the road on the 11500 block of West Irving Park, according to Police News Affairs. This section of Irving Park is a four-lane highway that forms part of the perimeter of O’Hare. It has no sidewalks, and it doesn’t appear to have street lights.

The 63-year-old driver was also traveling eastbound when they struck the pedestrian, according to News Affairs. The trucker stopped to provide aid and called the police.

The victim was transported to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he was pronounced dead. As of early last week he had not been identified, but officials said he was thought to be between 40 and 50 years old.

The trucker was cited for failure to exercise due to a pedestrian in the roadway, according to News Affairs.

Fatality Tracker: 2017 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 10 (three were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 1

Note: Streetsblog Chicago’s fatality numbers are based on media reports. According to fatality numbers released at last week’s Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Council meeting, there had been 14 pedestrian deaths in Chicago this year as of April 30. 

Update 5/17/17 10:30 AM: The victim has been identified as Carmen Peterson, 58, of the 3700 block of West Irving Park, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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