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Senior Fatally Struck on Near North Side by Truck Driver Who Failed to Yield

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The intersection of Division and LaSalle, looking west. Image: Google Street View.

Charges are pending against a truck driver who fatally struck a 74-year-old woman on Tuesday near Division and LaSalle streets.

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Georgiana Henley. Photo: Facebook

At about 11:55 a.m., Georgiana Henley was walking on the 100 block of West Division, according to Officer Anna Pacheco from Police News Affairs. The trucker attempted to make a turn and failed to yield, striking Henley, Pacheco said.

Henley, who lived nearby on the 300 block of West Hill Street, was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Pacheco said. The senior was pronounced dead at 2:05 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The driver is currently in custody, awaiting charges, according to Pacheco. Major Accidents is investigating the case.

In 2012, Northwestern University law student Jesse Bradley, 32, was fatally struck by an intoxicated driver at the the same location.

Fatality Tracker: 2016 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 2 (neither were hit-and-run crashes)

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Slow Roll Chicago Mourns the Loss of Member Marian Hayes to a Traffic Crash

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Marian Hayes. Photo: Slow Roll Chicago

Slow Roll Chicago member Marian Hayes, an artist, educator, gallery curator, poet, and jazz DJ, died last Sunday, two days after being struck by a driver while walking in the Ashburn neighborhood.

On Friday, January 8, at around 5 p.m., Hayes, 61, was walking near the intersection of 87th Street and Kedzie Avenue, according to Officer José Estrada from Police News Affairs. Darrell Surles, 55, was driving westbound on the 3200 block of West 87th when he heard what sounded like an impact, Estrada said. After walking eastbound on 87th, Surles discovered he had struck Hayes.

Hayes, who lived on the 500 block of East 89th Street, was transported in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to Estrada. She died on Sunday at 3:16 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. It appears that she was the first Chicago pedestrian fatality of 2016.

Surles, who lives in Evergreen Park, was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license, and was also cited for failure to exercise due care for a pedestrian in the roadway, and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, Estrada said. He is scheduled to appear in court at the Daley Center on March 10.

Hayes is remembered as a prolific artist who worked with several different mediums, including photography, fiber, quilting, and found objects. According to her LinkedIn profile, she taught young children how to make art inspired by cultures from around the world as part of the Global Explorer Kids program at Marquette Elementary School in Chicago Lawn. She was also the founder and curator of Gallery Sous Terrain, a community art gallery at Tuley Park Cultural Center.

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Driver fatally Strikes Pedestrian in Auburn Gresham and Flees the Scene

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The crash site. Image: Google Street View

Police are searching for the motorist who struck and killed Linnes Walker, 55, in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood last week. In the early evening of December 28, Walker, of the 7500 block of South May, walked to nearby Colony Food & Liquors, 7555 South Racine, which he usually visited twice a day, ABC reported. When the store didn’t have the item Walker was looking for, he headed down the street to another shop, according to Colony’s manager.

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Linnes Walker

As he returned from the second store, at 6:54 p.m. the driver of a blue SUV struck him in front of a Popeye’s at 7617 South Racine, just south of Colony, police said. The crash was captured on by the shop’s security camera. Following the collision, the motorist entered the restaurant’s parking lot, then fled eastbound, according to police.

Walker was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. He was pronounced dead on December 30 at 1:55 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

“Why would you hit somebody and keep going. That is a human being,” the victim’s mother Mae Walker told ABC. “You don’t know if he was dead or alive but you just drove away and left him laying there like he didn’t belong to anybody. If you have any heart, any conscience, any feeling about somebody else, please turn yourself in.”

Police are currently searching for the driver. Anyone with information about the crash is encouraged to call Major Accidents at 312-745-4521.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 33 (14 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 7 (two were hit-and-run crashes)

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Allegedly Drunk Driver Kills Pregnant Woman in Lawndale, Flees the Scene

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The crash site. The collision was recorded by this security camera at a motorcycle shop. Image: Google Street View

A hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a pregnant woman has been charged with a felony count of aggravated DUI and a felony count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

On Christmas Eve at about 10 p.m., Karla Leanos, 26, was crossing northbound on the 4200 block of West Ogden Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood, according to Officer Veejay Zala from Police News Affairs. Silvestre Garcia, 22, of the 2700 block of South Harding Avenue was driving southwest in a silver 2008 Chrysler sedan “at a high rate of speed” when he struck Leanos, Zala said. Garcia then fled the scene.

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Karla Leonas

Leanos, who lived on the 3000 block of South Keeler Avenue, was seven months pregnant, according to friends, who added that she was married and had three other young children, ABC reported. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. However, doctors were able to deliver her baby boy, who is in stable condition and is expected to survive, according to police.

The crash was videotaped by multiple security cameras, according to ABC. Footage shows that Leanos saw Garcia driving towards her, but she was unable to get out of the way. Garcia struck her so hard, she was knocked out of her boots.

On Sunday, Garcia was charged with the two felonies, plus two misdemeanor DUI counts. He was also cited for misdemeanor counts of driving with an open container and a faulty windshield. Bond was set at $750,000.

“She was a good woman, a good mother,” a friend of Leanos told ABC. “She was an amazing friend.”

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 32 (13 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 7 (two were hit-and-run crashes)

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Allegedly Intoxicated Driver Fatally Strikes Woman in Back of the Yards

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The 1900 block of West Garfield Boulevard. Image: Google Street View

A 49-year-old woman was struck and killed by an allegedly intoxicated driver in the Back of the Yards neighborhood early this morning.

At about 5:50 this morning, the pedestrian was crossing southbound on the 1900 block of West Garfield Boulevard when the 50-year-old male driver hit her, according to Officer Nicole Trainor from Police News Affairs. The woman was transported to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 6:42 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The name of the victim has not been released, pending notification of kin, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.

The driver, who stayed on the scene, was charged with misdemeanor DUI, failure to give right-of-way to a pedestrian, and driving without insurance, according to Trainor. He was bonded out this morning. A court date is scheduled for January 21 at the Daley Center.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 31 (12 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 7 (two were hit-and-run crashes)

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Hit-and-Run Driver Fatally Struck Senior in Jefferson Park

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The crash site, from the driver’s perspective. Image: Google Maps.

An elderly man died from his injuries early Sunday morning after being struck in the Jefferson Park community two days earlier by a driver who fled the scene.

Last Friday at around 8:20 p.m., Carroll Brown, 76, was walking across Central Avenue eastbound at West Ainslie Street, authorities said. A southbound motorist struck the senior and then sped away, according to police.

Brown, who lived nearby on the 4900 block of North Central, was transported to Advocate Lutherin General Hospital in Park Ridge. He was pronounced dead at 2 a.m. Sunday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. After an autopsy on Monday, his death was ruled an accident.

Major Accidents is investigating the case.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 30 (12 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 7 (two were hit-and-run crashes)

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Driver Fatally Strikes Bicyclist, Injures Pedestrian in North Lawndale

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The crash site. Image: Google Street View

A driver struck and killed a man on a bicycle and injured a pedestrian Sunday night in the North Lawndale neighborhood, according to the Chicago Police.

At around 11:20 p.m., the driver of a gray sedan hit the 55-year-old male bicyclist on the 1400 block of South Kostner, police said. The motorist then struck a 45-year man walking nearby.

The bike rider was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. His identity has not been released, pending notification of next of kin, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The pedestrian was taken to Mount Sinai as well. His condition has stabilized.

As of this morning, charges were pending against the driver. Major Accidents is investigating the case.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 29 (11 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 7 (two were hit-and-run crashes)

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Tour Bus Driver Fatally Struck Professor Who Was Walking to an Art Exhibit

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The intersection of Monroe and Michigan. Image: Google Street View

Hiromi Hosono, 42, an agriculture professor from Japan, was killed earlier this month by the driver of a trolley-themed tour bus who failed to yield while making a right turn.

Hosono, who was serving as a visiting professor at Cornell University, had been touring dairy farms in the Midwest when she decided to visit Chicago to go sight-seeing, and stayed at the Palmer House Hotel at 17 East Monroe, the Chicago Tribune reported. At around 10:20 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, she was heading to an art exhibit, authorities said. It was snowing at the time.

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Hiromi Hosono.

While Hosono was in a crosswalk at Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street, crossing legally with the walk signal, the tour bus driver, a 49-year-old woman, made a right turn and ran over her, according to authorities. Police News Affairs and local news reports did not indicate what directions Hosono and the driver were traveling.

A witness told the Tribune that when he went to aid Hosono, she was lying in the street face up, and she opened her eyes and moved her head slightly when he spoke to her. Other bystanders place coats around and over her and shielded her from the snow with an umbrella. First responders arrived minutes later. Hosono was pronounced dead at 10:24 a.m.

The bus driver was cited for striking a pedestrian in the crosswalk. Major Accidents is investigating the case, according to News Affairs.

Hosono’s colleague Andy Novakovic, who had been with her on the farm tour, described her as a vivacious, intellectually curious person with many friends. “It was a lovely week that tragically ended a beautiful life of a most vibrant and joyful woman,” Novakovic said in a statement. “She was someone worth remembering.”

Update 12/1/15: The bus driver was heading east from Monroe and turning south onto Michigan, and Hosono was crossing Michigan when she was struck, according to Officer Thomas Sweeney from News Affairs. Therefore, it appears the collision took place in the intersection’s south crosswalk.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 29 (11 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 6 (two were hit-and-run crashes)

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Driver Fatally Struck 60-Year-Old Man Who Was Biking in West Humboldt Park

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The intersection of LeMoyne and Kolin from the driver’s perspective. Image: Google Street View

A driver fatally struck a Portage Park man who was riding a bike in West Humboldt Park Monday morning.

At around 9:50 a.m., Enrique Zamora, 60, was cycling east on the 4300 block of West LeMoyne Street, according to Office Nicole Trainor from Police News Affairs. The block is just east of a shopping center with a grocery store and a home improvement store.

When Zamora reached the intersection of LeMoyne and Kolin Avenue, he was struck by Sam Garduez, 44, who was driving southbound on Kolin, Trainor said. Zamora, who lived on the 4800 block of West Addison, was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:49 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Garduez, who was uninjured, was cited for failure to exercise due care, Trainor said. Major accidents is investigating.

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This chart from an early September Mayor’s Bicycling Advisory Council Meeting shows that the number of bike fatalities had been low as of August, compared to recent years.

Zamora was the 6th person to die following a bike crash in Chicago in 2015. There were only two bike-related deaths between January and August of this year, an unusually low number. However, there were three other bike fatalities in September and October. Six cycling fatalities is a roughly average number for this time of year, compared to the previous six years.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 28 (11 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 6 (two were hit-and-run crashes)

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Man Dies Nine Days After Being Struck on a Bike in South Shore

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The 2300 block of East 70th Street in South Shore. Image: Google Street View

South Shore resident Jonathan Phillips, 47, died nine days after being struck by a driver while bicycling near his home.

On Wednesday, October 7, Phillips was riding on the 2300 block of East 70th Street, where he resides, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. After a driver struck him, he was transported to Jackson Park Hospital, where he died on Friday, October 16. An autopsy conducted the next day found the cause of Phillips’ death to be pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis as a result of blunt trauma to his right lower leg.

Police News Affairs did not have immediate information about the collision. I have made a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of the crash report and will update this post if the police provide one.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 28 (11 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 5 (two were hit-and-run crashes)