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Pedestrian Killed on Near West Side


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The 1100 block of West Roosevelt, looking westbound.

Yesterday morning, a 57-year-old pedestrian died after being fatally struck on the 1100 block of West Roosevelt, which is located just west of St. Ignatius College Prep.

At about 6:30 a.m., several witnesses observed the man “walking against traffic,” according to Officer Bari Lemmon from Police News Affairs. He was struck by a westbound driver who reportedly had a green light, Lemmon said.

Caldwell was transported to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:11 a.m., according to officials. The driver stayed on the scene and was not cited, Lemmon said. Major Accidents is investigating the case.

Updated on October 19, 5:55 p.m. The victim has been identified as Joe Caldwell, of the 1400 block of South Blue Island, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Fatality Tracker: 2014 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 22 (6 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 7 (1 was a hit-and-run crash)

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Emily Fredbloom Dies After Taxi Crash on the LaSalle Street Speedway


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The 1400 block of North LaSalle, where Emily Fredbloom was struck.

Last Friday, Emily Fredbloom, 26, died from injuries sustained in late August, when she was struck by a cab driver while crossing LaSalle Street in Old Town.

On the Near North Side, LaSalle is a wide, five-lane street, which encourages speeding by drivers, and creates wide crossing distances for pedestrians. These issues were, or may have been, factors in a several recent serious crashes on this stretch of LaSalle.

On March 23, 2012, around 2:30 a.m., law student Jesse Bradley, 32, was crossing LaSalle westbound at Division Street (1200 North). Southbound motorist Bianca Garcia fatally struck him and fled the scene. Witnesses said she driving at a high rate of speed, and tests found she was intoxicated. Last July, Garcia was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Last Tuesday, September 16, around 4:50 a.m., a 23-year-old man was attempting to cross LaSalle at Chicago Avenue (800 North). Witnesses said the man “darted” across the street and was hit by a southbound female motorist, according to police. The man was critically injured and the driver was not cited.

In the most recent case, Fredbloom, a resident of south-suburban Lansing, was trying to cross westbound on the 1400 block of North LaSalle on Saturday, August 30, around 2:05 a.m., according to Officer Janel Sedovic from News Affairs. Witnesses say Fredbloom, who worked at a nurse at Northwestern Hospital, “bolted out into the street,” according to Sedovic.

Fredbloom was struck by a northbound cab driver, Sedovic said. The driver, a 51-year-old man, was cited for failure to exercise due care for a pedestrian in the roadway, and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.

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Woman Fatally Struck by CTA Bus Driver in Brighton Park


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47th and Western from the bus driver’s perspective.

Last Saturday, Celia Sauseda, 54, was killed after a CTA bus driver struck her at 47th Street and Western Avenue in the Brighton Park neighborhood.

Sauseda, of the 4800 block of South Damen, was struck by a westbound #47 bus at about 6:20 a.m., according to Officer José Estrada from Police News Affairs. “It appears the pedestrian may have fainted alongside the bus,” Estrada said.

Sauseda was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:54 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy was conducted last Sunday. “There was nothing to indicate a [preexisting] medical condition,” said Cook County spokesman Frank Shuftan.

The bus driver has not been cited. Major Accidents and the CTA are investigating the crash.

Fatality Tracker: 2014 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths

Pedestrian: 20 (6 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 6 (1 was a hit-and-run crash)

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Cyclist Killed in Collision With Driver Is Bridgeport’s 2nd Bike Fatality in 2014


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The crash site from the cyclist’s point of view.

A 20-year-old bicycle rider who died after a collision with a Jeep driver was the second person killed in a bike crash in the Bridgeport neighborhood this year.

On May 29, Suai Xie, 59, was cycling on the 2900 block of South Poplar when she was fatally struck by van driver Gabriel Herrera, 65. After Herrera fled the scene, police were able to track him down via his plate number. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a death, as well as failure to render aid and give information.

Last night around 11 p.m., Jacob Bass was riding a bike westbound on the 700 block of West 33rd Street, according to Officer Bari Lemmon from News Affairs. At the intersection of 33rd and Emerald Avenue, Bass was involved in a crash with the driver of a southbound Jeep Wrangler.

Police records state that the cyclist ran a red light at the intersection and “hit the vehicle,” according to Lemmon. Bass was transported to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Police ticketed the motorist for driving without a valid license, Lemmon said.

David Ziemba, 20, who lives near the intersection, told DNAinfo.com that he heard the crash, and then looked out the window to see Bass sprawled on the pavement with his backpack and shoes scattered a few feet away from his body. A friend of the victim stood over him and called for help. “He was crying and yelling ‘Wake up wake up’ and ‘He’s my best friend,’” Ziemba said.

This intersection is unusual in that it’s a junction of two side streets with a stoplight, rather than stop signs. There is also a stoplight a block east at Union Avenue, a northbound side street. Ziemba said that 33rd and Emerald is a dangerous place for both cyclists and drivers, adding that a friend of his was struck by a motorist there about a week ago, but escaped with minor injuries.

Fatality Tracker: 2014 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths

Pedestrian: 19 (6 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 5 (1 was a hit-and-run crash)

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Man Killed in Little Village Was 3rd Vehicular Homicide Victim of 2014


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The 4000 block of West 26th Street.

A Brighton Park man who was beaten and then run over by a motorist early Sunday morning was the third victim of a vehicular homicide this year.

On Monday, April 28, Darrell Cooper, 41, intentionally struck and killed Artez McBride, 20, in South Austin following a dispute, police said. That same week, on Saturday, May 3, another driver used his vehicle as a murder weapon in McKinley Park. Antonio Mendez, 24, was fatally struck following an argument on the 1800 block of West 33rd Place, by an SUV driver who fled the scene.

Last Sunday at about 5:35 a.m., Victor Mendez, 23, was involved in an altercation on the 4000 block of West 26th Street in Little Village, according to Officer Bari Lemmon from Police News Affairs. Following an exchange of gang slogans, assailants beat Mendez, who lived nearby on the 3100 block of West 41st Street, police said.

One of the attackers then got into a car and made a U-turn, running over Mendez, according to Lemmon.The driver fled the scene.

Mendez was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy conducted on Monday found that he died of multiple injuries following an assault, and the death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

No one is in custody, Lemmon said. Area Central is investigating the case.

Fatality Tracker: 2014 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths

Pedestrian: 19 (6 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 4 (1 was a hit-and-run crash)

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Man Killed Sunday Was 4th Person Fatally Struck on North Avenue This Year


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The 2700 Block of West North Avenue.

A man killed by an allegedly drunk driver Sunday is the latest in a series of people fatally struck on speeding-plagued North Avenue, in 2014.

Around 8:25 p.m. Sunday, a 55-year-old man was crossing northbound on the 2700 block of North Avenue near Cermak Produce, according to Officer Janel Sedovic from Police News Affairs. The man’s identity has not yet been released, pending notification of his next of kin, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Sean Riley, 33, of the 1400 block of North Bell, was driving eastbound when he struck the victim. He stayed on the scene following the crash. The victim was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Riley was found to have a blood alcohol content level above the legal limit of .08 percent, according to Sedovic. He has been charged with felony aggravated DUI resulting in an a death, operating a vehicle without insurance, and fail to exercise due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian in the roadway. A bond hearing is scheduled for today.

The victim was the fourth person fatally struck by a driver on North this year. On April 21, Kim Kyeyul, 72, rear-ended a semi truck with his car on North just east of the Kennedy Expressway. After he exited his car to talk to the other driver, a second trucker killed him.

On April 24, Jennie Davis was crossing in the 5500 block of North Avenue in Austin when a speeding motorist fatally struck her – a similar scenario to this latest crash. And On Sunday, June 1, an out-of-control SUV driver fatally struck Charles Jones, 73, who was reportedly standing in the street just west of the Kennedy.

Most of these cases involved a too-fast driver and/or a difficult pedestrian crossing. In general, North is a five lane street with two travel lanes in each direction, a turn lane, and parking lanes. By Cermak Produce, the street is 76 feet wide, and that excess width encourages speeding and creates a long crossing distance for pedestrians.

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Man Dies 3 Days After Bike-Truck Crash in Archer Heights


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The crash site, looking northeast on Archer.

A 55-year old man died Thursday afternoon, three days after a truck driver struck him on his bicycle in the Archer Heights neighborhood.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the man as Leopoldo Rodgriguez, of the 5000 block of South California in the Gage Park community. On Monday, August 4, at around 3:05 p.m., Rodriguez was riding southwest on the 4700 block of South Archer Avenue, according to Officer José Estrada from Police News Affairs.

Rodriguez was struck in the crosswalk at the south leg of the intersection of Archer and Lawndale Avenue, according to Estrada. This indicates that the cyclist had been riding on the sidewalk, in the opposite direction of traffic.

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Path of SW-bound cyclist is in orange; NE-bound truck driver is in blue.

As Rodriguez rode southwest, the driver of a northeast-bound semi truck attempted to make a right turn to head south on Lawndale, Estrada said. The cyclist was pinned under the truck. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, and an autopsy found that he died of a head injury, according to the medical examiner’s office.

No citations have been issued, Estrada said, adding that Major Accidents is investigating the case. “It looks like it was just an unfortunate accident. A lot of cyclists don’t understand that they need to use the same rules of the road as drivers, so we have accidents like this that could be avoided.”

It’s true that wrong-way cycling and sidewalk riding by adults are too common in Chicago, and can contribute to crashes. In my experience, these behaviors seem to be more prevalent on the South and West sides of the city. For example, while checking out new bike lanes on the South Side last week, I spoke with a cyclist who argued that riding against traffic is safer, even though studies show the opposite is true. Clearly, more education and outreach is needed.

However, it’s easy to understand why Rodriguez may have believed he was safer biking on the sidewalk. This stretch of Archer has two lanes of traffic in each direction, plus left-turn bays — but no bike lanes — making it a hostile environment for cycling.

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Speeding Driver Kills Elderly Man, Injures 5 in Edgewater Pileup


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The crash site, from the driver’s perspective.

A senior is dead and five others are injured, after a reckless driver crashed into several parked cars in the Edgewater Beach neighborhood, officials said.

At around 11:12 a.m. Wednesday, a 58-year-old man was driving a Ford Focus sedan northbound on Sheridan at a high rate of speed, swerving around other vehicles, according to Officer VeeJay Zala from Police News Affairs.

The driver passed several cars stopped at a red light at the three way intersection of Sheridan Berwyn, according to Zala. He then attempted to pass a stopped CTA bus on the right and collided with several cars parked on the 5300 block of North Sheridan, Zala said. Photographs published on DNAinfo.com show that the crash occurred in front of Tedino’s Pizzeria, 5335 North Sheridan.

When the crash occurred, Frank Kiley, 71, and his fiancée were loading groceries from the nearby Care for Real food pantry into his car, NBC reported. During the pileup, Kiley was pinned between two vehicles, and one of the parked cars struck the bus, according to NBC.

Kiley, of the 3900 block of North Clark was pronounced dead on the scene at 11:51 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The driver was taken to Illinois Masonic hospital in stable condition, according to Zala. Three other people – a 69-year-old woman, a 65-year-old woman, and a 64-year-old man – were transported to Weiss Hospital, where they were treated and released, and a 48-year-old man was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital, where he was treated and released, Zala said.

Charges are pending against the driver, Police said.

Update: The driver has been identified as Vladimir Tsemekhman, of the 800 block of West Belle Plaine, the Tribune reports. Tsemekhman has been charged with reckless homicide; a bond hearing is scheduled for Friday.

Fatality Tracker: 2014 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths

Pedestrian: 17 (5 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 2 (1 was a hit-and-run crash)

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Right-Turning Cement Truck Driver Kills Young Woman on Bike


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The crash site at Cicero and Belmont.

28-year-old Portage Park resident Barbara “Barbie” Eno was killed on her bicycle last Thursday by a right-turning cement truck driver.

That morning, Eno had cycled to the Secretary of State’s office to replace a stolen ID and was returning to her home on the 4800 block of West Addison, DNAinfo reported. At about 10:35 am, she was biking north on the 3100 block of North Cicero, according to Office José Estrada from Police News Affairs. The 51-year-old male driver of the truck, a Kenworth W900, was also traveling northbound, Estrada said.

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Barbie Eno. Photo: DNAinfo

After the driver turned right onto Belmont, “he heard a thump and heard several people screaming at him to stop,” Estrada said. The trucker then pulled over and attempted to render aid to Eno until the ambulance arrived, according to Estrada. Eno was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 11:31, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Eno, who was remembered by family and friends as a “sweetheart” who loved animals, was struck within a short distance of the apartment where she grew up as a child, DNA reported. Her older sister, Chrissy Eno told DNA that Barbie started bicycle commuting four years earlier. “She loved riding her bike all the time,” Chrissy said. “I always used to tell her to be careful.

The truck driver was not arrested or cited, Estrada said. Police are talking to witnesses and looking for surveillance video, DNA reported. Bike lawyer Brendan Kevenides (a Streetsblog Chicago sponsor) noted in a blog post that there are traffic cameras at Cicero and Belmont, so it’s likely that the police will be able to determine what caused the crash.

Kevenides wrote that this type of “right hook” crash is all too common:

Because cyclists are required by law to travel along the right side of the roadway, they may find themselves cut off by a careless driver traveling in the same direction who attempt to turn right without looking for bicycle traffic. All drivers own a duty of reasonable care to all roadway users, including people on bicycles.  For the right turning driver this duty requires: (1) Using a turn signal; (2) Turning right from the right lane; and (3) Looking right for bikes before starting to turn.

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Teen Charged With Reckless Homicide, DUI After Killing Construction Worker


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The crash location from the driver’s perspective.

Erick A. Lopez, 19, has been charged with reckless homicide and other felonies after he crashed his car into José Tafoya, 58, early Saturday morning on a Brighton Park construction work zone.

Lopez, of the 3700 block of West 83rd Place, attended a party on Saturday night, where he was involved in a fight, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Novy. While driving two passengers home, he was speeding northbound and weaving in and out of construction barriers, Novy said. At about 4:15 a.m. Lopez crashed his car into a paving machine on the 4900 block of south Western, which Tafoya was working behind, according to Novy.

The impact threw the construction worker several feet, and he landed on the sidewalk, Novy said. Tafoya, a Merrillville, Indiana, resident, was pronounced dead on the scene at 5:45 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Lopez and a female passenger were transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, while the other passenger was taken to Stroger Hospital. The passengers were both injured, one with facial injuries and the other with head and spinal injuries, Novy said. Other members of Tafoya’s crew were treated at the site for minor injuries, according to court records.

A blood test found Lopez had a blood alcohol content of .195, more than twice the legal limit, according to Novy. He was charged with reckless homicide in a construction zone, aggravated DUI causing death, and aggravated DUI causing injury, all felonies. He was also charged with misdemeanor DUI, failure to carry or display a driver’s license, and having no car insurance, according to court records. At a hearing on Sunday, Lopez was ordered held without bail.

Fatality Tracker: 2014 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths

Pedestrian: 16 (5 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 1 (1 was a hit-and-run crash)