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Senior Fatally Struck on Halsted Street in Boystown

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The 3300 block of North Halsted, from the driver’s perspective. Image: Google Maps

An elderly man was struck and killed yesterday afternoon on the 3300 block of North Halsted Street in Lakeview’s Boystown district.

Around 3:15 p.m., a 78-year-old male “unexpectedly crossed in the middle of the street into traffic,” according to Officer José Estrada from Police News Affairs. The man was struck by a southbound driver, Estrada said.

The victim was transported in critical condition to Illinois Masonic Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to Estrada. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the senior as Chisun Lee, of the 3200 block of North Halsted. An autopsy is pending.

An employee of a nearby Sherwin Williams paint store said the driver stayed on the scene and the vehicle was a van, adding that a stretch Halsted just north of Belmont Street was closed to traffic after the crash. The driver was not cited, Estrada said. Major Accidents is investigating.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 24 (8 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 2 (both were hit-and-run crashes)

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Driver Fatally Struck Woman in Wheelchair in an Avondale Parking Lot

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The 3200 block of North Milwaukee. Image: Google Maps

A senior who was struck and killed while in her wheelchair in an Avondale parking lot was recently identified as Maritza Santiago, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Santiago, 71, was in the parking lot on the 3200 block of North Milwaukee on Monday, July 13, at around 2:45 p.m. when an SUV driver fatally struck her, according to authorities. Santiago, who lived on the 4900 block of Monticello, was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and pronounced dead at 5:40 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

The driver, a 59-year-old woman, was ticketed for negligent driving, according to police.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 23 (8 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 2 (both were hit-and-run crashes)

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Recent Chicago Pedestrian and Bicycle Fatalities

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63rd Street near Ellis, where Dillan Harris was fatally struck. Image: Google Maps

Man Fleeing Police Fatally Strikes 13-Month-Old Boy in Stroller

Dillan Harris, a 13-month-old boy who was sitting in a stroller, was run over and killed by a driver who was being chased by police in the wake of a gunshot murder, prosecutors said.

On Saturday, July 11, at around 1:40 p.m., an off-duty police officer saw Antoine Watkins, 21, “calmly” walking away from the location where local rapper Marvin “Capo” Carr had just been murdered, at 77th and Kingston in South Shore, according to prosecutors. Watkins then entered a red Toyota Avalon and drove away.

The officer called 911 to report the license plate number, and then drove after Watkins for several blocks, according to prosecutors. Other police officers pursued Watkins and pulled him over near 65th and Richards. When the officers exited their vehicle and approached his car, Watkins sped off, reaching speeds of 60-70 mph on 63rd Street, which has a 30 mph speed limit. Officers in several vehicles pursued him.

At 63rd and Ellis in Woodlawn, Watkins lost control of his car, struck a light pole, and careened onto the sidewalk by a bus stop, where Harris was in a stroller, prosecutors said. Watkins fled the scene in his car, dragging the boy and the stroller under the vehicle.

The driver crashed the car in a nearby alley, where he was soon apprehended by police officers, prosecutors said. Harris was transported to University of Chicago Comer Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the police.

Watkins, of the 8100 block of South Bennett in South Shore, was charged with the murder of Harris, fleeing police, and driving without a license or insurance. At a hearing on July 13, he was ordered held without bail.

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Police: Woman Intentionally Struck and Killed Boyfriend After a Dispute

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The 1100 block of South Francisco Avenue. Image: Google Street View

Police are searching for a woman that they say used her vehicle as a deadly weapon after a domestic altercation in North Lawndale.

In the early morning of Sunday, July 5, the 23-year-old female was involved in a verbal and physical dispute with her boyfriend, 27, on the 1100 block of South Francisco Avenue, according to Officer José Estrada from Police News Affairs. The woman then entered her minivan, intentionally drove on the sidewalk, and struck the man, Estrada said.

The victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time afterwards, according to Estrada. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified him as John Perry, of the 400 block of West 65th Place.

The police are currently working on apprehending the driver and will not release her name until she is arrested and charged, Estrada said.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 19 (7 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 2 (both were hit-and-run crashes)

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Speeding Driver Jumps Curb, Fatally Strikes Pedestrian in West Pullman

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The intersection of 118th and Halsted, looking north. Image: Google Street View

A 45-year-old male pedestrian is dead after a motorist lost control of his vehicle and drove onto the sidewalk.

Andre Silas Jr., 19, was driving northbound on Halsted Street on Wednesday morning at about 11 a.m., according to Officer Janel Sedevic from Police News Affairs. At 118th Street, Silas ran into a light pole on the east side of Halsted, then struck the pedestrian, Sedevic said.

The victim, whose has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead on the scene, according to Sedevic. Silas, of the 1400 block of Stanley Boulevard in Calumet City, stayed on the scene and has been charged with driving on a sidewalk or parkway, and speeding not more than 30 mph over the speed limit, Sedevic said.

This section of Halsted is a broad roadway with four travel lanes plus turn lanes, which encourages speeding.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 18 (6 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 2 (both were hit-and-run crashes)

Update 6/19/15: The Cook County medical examiner’s office has identified the victim as Larry Jordan, of the 11800 block of South Emerald.

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Driver Who Fatally Struck Pedestrian in Grant Park Was Not Cited

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The 1100 block of South Columbus, looking north. Image: Google Street View

A female motorist who struck and killed a 37-year old man in Grant Park has not been cited with any violations, according to Officer Janel Sedevic from News Affairs.

At around 12:40 p.m., Richard Hill “stepped into oncoming traffic” while walking eastbound across the 1100 block of Columbus Drive in Grant Park, near the Museum Campus, Sedevic said. The driver, who was traveling south when she struck him, stayed on the scene, according to Sedevic.

Hill, of the 3000 block of Monroe Street in south-suburban Bellwood, was transported to Northwestern Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was pronounced dead at 1:07 p.m.

Columbus is a six-lane street with relatively few stoplights, which encourages speeding. It appears that the drive may have too much capacity for the amount of car traffic it carries. If that is the case, the city should consider removing the excess travel lanes and possibly using the right-of-way to widen the sidewalks or add protected bike lanes.

Major Accidents is investigating the crash.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 17 (6 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 2 (both were hit-and-run crashes)

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Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Pedestrian in West Englewood, Abandons the Car

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The 6400 block of South Ashland. Image: Google Street View

Police are searching for the motorist who fatally struck a 48-year-old man in the West Englewood neighborhood, fled the scene, and then abandoned the car nearby.

On Tuesday night around 9:15 p.m., the pedestrian was walking west on 64th Street across Ashland Avenue, when the southbound motorist struck him and continued driving, according to Officer Janel Sedevic from New Affairs. The victim was transported to Christ Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Sedevic said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the man as Leon Radcliff, of west-suburban Forest Park.

The car, a dark-colored Nissan Altima sedan, was later found abandoned on the 6500 block of South Laflin Avenue, a few blocks southeast, Sedevic said. Major Accidents is investigating.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 16 (6 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 2 (both were hit-and-run crashes)

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No Explanation Yet for Why CTA Bus Driver Ran Stoplight, Killing a Pedestrian

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Aerial photo of the crash site. Image: Chicago Tribune.

The CTA says it doesn’t yet have a clear picture on why one of its bus drivers stopped at a red light on Michigan Avenue, then ran the light, fatally striking a 51-year-old woman.

On Tuesday evening around 5:50 pm, Donald Barnes, 48, was driving the empty, articulated bus east on Lake Street and stopped at the red on Michigan, then proceeded through the light, according to Officer Janel Sedovic from News Affairs. Barnes struck several vehicles and then jumped the curb onto the crowded north sidewalk of Lake Street, striking two pedestrians, Sedovic said.

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Aimee Coath

One of the pedestrians, Flossmoor resident Aimee Coath was transported to Northwestern Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Sedovic said. Coath, who worked at a downtown clothing store, had been in the process of planning her daughter’s wedding, the Sun-Times reported.

The other pedestrian and seven motorists, including Barnes, were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Barnes was charged with failure to stop for a red light and failure to exercise due care for a pedestrian in the roadway, Sedovic said. Major Accidents is investigating.

Authorities are still trying to piece together why the crash occurred. Barnes, a part-time driver who has been working for the CTA since September, was making the first stop of his route when the crash occurred, the Chicago Tribune reported. “We don’t know the full circumstances yet,” CTA spokesman Brian Steele told the Tribune. He said the agency has not yet made a decision about disciplinary action towards the bus driver.

Barnes caused one other crash during his nine-month tenure at the CTA. Last November, he backed a bus into a taxi, causing minor damage to its fender, but there were no injuries and he was not cited, the Tribune reported.

Steele told the Tribune that it doesn’t look like fatigue from overscheduling was a factor in Tuesday’s crash. While Barnes had started working at 6:30 that morning, he had only logged four hours of driving that day and had taken a long break before starting his afternoon routes at 2:30 p.m., Steele said. He added that police and CTA officials are studying video footage from cameras inside the bus.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 15 (5 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 2 (both were hit-and-run crashes)

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Maria Gonzalez, 5, Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in Chicago Lawn

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Maria Gonzalez

Chicago should have effective traffic enforcement and forgiving street design, so that if a small child runs across a residential street, she doesn’t pay for the mistake with her life. Sadly, that was not the case for Maria Gonzalez, a five-year-old girl who was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver last Saturday afternoon in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood.

At around 3:15 p.m., Maria was doing homework with her mother in her kitchen on the 5900 block of South Mozart when she heard an ice cream truck and ran across the street to buy a treat, NBC Chicago reported. On her way back, she was fatally struck by the driver of a dark-colored car, police said. According to her father Juan, who was working in the yard, the car seemed to be going more than 40 mph. The girl was thrown about 30 feet, and she died on the way to the hospital, her father said.

A neighbor’s security camera provided footage of the driver speeding down Mozart, NBC reported. Police say they are looking for a two-door, dark-colored Honda Civic with a dull or primer finish, with a sunroof and a spoiler. The car may have a front-end bra, a sport muffler, and a broken headlight. The driver was last seen traveling west on 60th Street from Mozart. Information can be provided to Major Accidents at 312-745-4521.

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Image from security footage of the hit-and-run driver.

Local residents say they want to change their street to help prevent tragedies like this in the future. Maria’s neighbor Jose Anaya told NBC he plans to collect signatures in support of installing speed humps on the block.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 14 (5 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 2 (both were hit-and-run crashes)

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Man Dies After CTA Bus-Pedestrian Crash in Canaryville

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The crash site. Image: Google Street View

A 62-year-old man has died after being fatally struck by a CTA bus driver in the Canaryville neighborhood.

On Monday evening at 9:06 p.m., the man “tripped and fell into the intersection” at 43rd and Halsted streets, according to Officer Stacey Cooper from Police News Affairs. He was then struck by the driver of a northbound CTA bus, Cooper said.

The victim was transported to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Cooper said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the man as Erroll Ellison, from the 4200 block of South Princeton Avenue.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 13 (4 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 2 (both were hit-and-run crashes)