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Marquette Park Man Dies 2 Weeks After Hit-and-Run Driver Struck Him

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The 3000 block of West 71st. Image: Google Street View

Julian Guerra, of the 7100 block of South Mozart in Marquette Park, died on Saturday, after being struck by a hit-and-run motorist two weeks prior.

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Surveillance photo of the driver’s vehicle. Image: CPD

On Saturday, March 12, at 6:03 p.m., Guerra was walking southbound across the 3000 block of West 71st, near his home, when the driver struck him, according to authorities. The motorist then fled west on 71st.

Guerra was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, authorities said. He was pronounced dead there at 1:51 a.m. last Sunday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Police are seeking a gray or silver car, which may be a Pontiac. As of Monday, they had not apprehended a suspect. Those with information about the crash are asked to call Major Accidents at 312-745-4521.

Fatality Tracker: 2016 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 10 (five were hit-and-run crashes)

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Police Searching for Driver Who Killed Senior in Chicago Lawn 2 Months Ago

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The 6400 block of South Kedzie, looking south. Image: Google Street View

The Chicago Police Department hasn’t yet apprehended the driver who fatally struck a 73-year-old woman in January and fled the scene.

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Still from video footage of the vehicle.

On Tuesday, January 19, at 2:08 p.m., Grazina Siaciuliene, 73, of Poland, was struck by the driver of a minivan on the 6400 block of South Kedzie in Chicago Lawn, the Sun-Times reported yesterday. The victim was transported to Mount Sinai Hospitalm, where she was pronounced dead at 7:10 p.m. the next day, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The police are seeking a light-colored, possibly tan, 1999-03 Chrysler Town and Country, which was driven by the hit-and-run motorist. The minivan may have damage to the passenger-side headlight and upper passenger-side windshield, police said Tuesday.

Although a photo of the vehicle was released soon after the crash, the police sent out a new bulletin this week. Those with information about the crash can call Major Accidents at 312-745-4521.

Fatality Tracker: 2016 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 9 (four were hit-and-run crashes)

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Senior Struck Nearly Two Months Ago by Hit-and-Run Driver Has Died

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The 4000 block of West Congress. Image: Google Street View

An 80-year-old man died early last Thursday from injuries sustained almost two months ago, when he was struck by a motorist who fled the scene.

On Monday, January 18, at 8:24 a.m., Jessie Tanner was struck on the 4000 block of West Congress in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, according to authorities. The driver left the crash scene, and the vehicle was later found abandoned on the 1800 block of South Karlov, police said.

Tanner, who lived on the same block where the crash occurred, was transported to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, according to the police. He was eventually transferred to RML Specialty Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:50 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy found that he died from complications from his crash injuries, the medical examiner’s office said.

The motorist has not yet been apprehended, according to the police.

Fatality Tracker: 2016 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 8 (three were hit-and-run crashes)

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Driver Fatally Strikes 45-Year-Old Woman in Avalon Park

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The 8100 block of South Stony Island from the driver’s perspective. Image: Google Street View

A 45-year-old woman was struck and killed Tuesday night while walking across Stony Island Avenue in the 8100 block of South Stony Island in the Avalon Park neighborhood.

At around 8:15 p.m., the woman was crossing the southbound lanes of Stony Island when she was hit by a southbound motorist, according to Officer Hector Alfaro from Police News Affairs. The victim was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was later pronounced dead, Alfaro said. The identity of the woman has not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin.

The driver, a 46-year-old male, was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in the roadway, as well as failure to exercise due care to a pedestrian in the roadway, according to Alfaro. Major Accidents is investigating.

Fatality Tracker: 2016 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 7 (two were hit-and-run crashes)

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Hit-and-Run SUV Driver Killed 34-Year-Old Man in Avondale

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The crash site. Image: Google Street View

Police are searching for the hit-and-run motorist who fatally struck Christopher Sanchez, 34, at the intersection of Belmont and Milwaukee early Sunday morning.

At about 5:20 a.m. on Sunday, Sanchez was crossing Milwaukee on foot when the driver of a northwest-bound white Ford SUV struck him, police said. The motorist then fled northwest on Milwaukee, according to police.

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Christopher Sanchez

Sanchez was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital Center in critical condition, police said. He was pronounced dead that morning, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Police are currently searching for the driver, according to Officer José Estrada from News Affairs. They hope to recover footage of the crash from security cameras installed on nearby businesses. People with information about the crash are asked to call Major Accidents at 312-745-4521.

About 36 relatives and friends of the victim held a candlelight vigil at the crash site on Monday evening, the Tribune reported. Sanchez, an auto mechanic, lived with his father about a mile east of the crash site on the 3100 block of North Sawyer. The two men had been planning to visit the grave of Sanchez’s mother, who died from cancer last March.

Relatives noted that Sanchez has been suffering from insomnia since his mother’s death, and was in the habit of going for long walks late at night, which may explain why he was out early in the morning.

“He was hardworking, smart, respectful and family-oriented,” Sanchez’s brother José Sanchez said. “He was a great guy. Everyone who knew him would say he was a great guy.”

Fatality Tracker: 2016 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 6 (two were hit-and-run crashes)

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Police: Teen Intentionally Struck 3 Relatives With a Car, Killing His Father

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The 5400 block of West Kammerling. Image: Google Street View

A 39-year-old man is dead after his teenage son intentionally struck him and two other relatives with a car in Austin, according to police.

On Saturday at around 11:15 p.m., a domestic dispute took place outside in the 5400 block of West Kamerling, according to the police. After the fight, a 19-year-old man intentionally struck his father Terrell Peters and two other relatives with a car while fleeing the scene, police said.

Peters, of the 500 block of West 55th Street, was transported to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:02 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Following an autopsy, his death was ruled a homicide.

The other relatives, a 41-year old woman and a 37-year-old man, were transported to Oak Park’s West Suburban Medical Center in stable, according to police.

As of Wednesday evening, the 19-year-old man had not been apprehended, police said.

Fatality Tracker: 2016 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 5 (one was a hit-and-run crashes)

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Man Fatally Struck After Falling Into Street During Altercation in River North

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The 400 block of North State Street. Image: Google Street View

A 32-year old man died Sunday after he fell into the street during an altercation and was struck and killed by a cab driver. At about 4:20 a.m., Marques Gaines was involved in an altercation near Hubbard and State in River North, according to the Chicago Police. After a man punched him in the head, he fell into the roadway.

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Marques Gaines

The driver of a Ford taxi then ran over Gaines, police said. He was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and was pronounced dead at 8:14 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The cab driver stayed at the crash site and was not cited, police said. The person who punched Gaines fled the scene and has not been apprehended, according to police.

Although the medical examiner’s office reported Gaines’ residence as being on the 1400 block of West Chicago Avenue, friends told Loop North News he actually lived in Lakeview.

Friends also disputed the police department’s characterization of the altercation between Gaines, who worked at a nearby hotel, and the other man as a “fight.” They told the website it was more likely the victim “intervened on behalf of someone who was being treated unfairly but it led to tragedy.”

Fatality Tracker: 2016 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 4 (none were hit-and-run crashes)

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Senior Killed at Location Where the City Chose Not to Mark a Crosswalk

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A senior crosses in an unmarked crosswalk at Surf and Broadway yesterday afternoon. That morning, a 69-year-old woman was killed in the same crosswalk.

Early yesterday morning, a 69-year-old woman was struck and killed by a driver in an unmarked crosswalk at Surf Street and Broadway in Lakeview. Less than two years ago, the city decided not to stripe a visible crosswalk at this location, which might have reminded the driver to watch for pedestrians. Why? Because the intersection was deemed too dangerous for a marked crosswalk.

Surf and Broadway actually meet at two different intersections. As you approach Broadway from the west on Surf, located about half a block north of Diversey, there’s a T intersection with crosswalks marked on all three legs. About 200 feet south, as you approach Broadway from the east on Surf, there’s a second T intersection, but there’s only a marked crosswalk on the east leg.

However, according to Streetsblog reader J. Patrick Lynch, who lives next door to the southern intersection, many residents, including plenty of seniors, regularly cross at this intersection in order to reach Walmart, T.J. Maxx, and other retail south of Surf Street. It is legal for them to use the unmarked crosswalks at the north and south legs of the T, even though the lack of striped crosswalks makes it less likely that motorists will be watching out for them.

Police News Affairs reported that Wednesday’s crash happened at Broadway and Diversey. However, an aerial photograph that accompanied a Tribune article about the case showed that police actually taped off the south leg of the southernmost Surf/Broadway intersection.

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The crash took place in the southernmost intersection of Surf and Broadway, in the south leg of the intersection. Image: Google Maps

According to Officer Anna Pacheco from News Affairs, the driver was making a right turn onto southbound Broadway at 6:05 a.m. when he or she struck the woman. This indicates that the motorist exited a parking garage on the west side of the T before striking the senior in the unmarked crosswalk in the south leg of the intersection. Pacheco did not state whether victim was crossing eastbound or westbound.

The woman was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Her identity has not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin. No charges have been filed against the driver, who stayed at the crash site.

Back in January 2014, Lynch emailed 44th Ward alderman Tom Tunney to alert him that, due to the increased foot traffic at the intersection at the intersection generated by the then-new Walmart, a marked crosswalk was needed. “I am concerned about the safety of pedestrians who routinely cross at Broadway and Surf,” Lynch wrote. He recommended striping the crosswalk on the north leg of the T because it wouldn’t conflict with the garage exit or require the removal of metered parking.

Lynch’s request was forward to Sougata Deb, Tunney’s infrastructure specialist. When Lynch followed up that March, Deb acknowledged that the unmarked crosswalks at Surf/Broadway got plenty of use. “I cross here at least three times a week, so I understand the benefit of having a crosswalk here,” he wrote.

However, that April, after Chicago Department of Transportation staff surveyed the intersection, Deb told Lynch the engineers had decided against striping a crosswalk. They reasoned that the crossing would conflict with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines because it would be too close to the garage exit and a light pole, which would block sight lines.

Lynch then asked Deb if the light pole could be relocated, or if a crosswalk on the south leg of the intersection might be feasible. Deb replied that the garage exit made it unfeasible to install crosswalks on either side of Surf. He also brought up a new argument against the crosswalks: since there’s a slight curve in Broadway between Diversey and Surf, drivers have limited visibility on this stretch.

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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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