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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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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)

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Driver Exiting the Ryan Fatally Strikes Woman in West Chatham

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The crash site, looking north. Image: Google Maps

A speeding driver who was exiting the Dan Ryan Expressway in the West Chatham neighborhood fatally struck a woman in her 20s who was crossing the street, police said.

Around 10 p.m. on Sunday, the woman, who has not yet been identified, was crossing South Lafayette Avenue at 87th Street in the crosswalk at the north leg of the intersection, according to police. The driver, a 23-year-old man, was heading south on Lafayette in a Volkswagen Passat “at a high rate of speed” after exiting the expressway, when he struck the victim, police said.

The woman’s body shattered the windshield, according to police. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Her name has not yet been released by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The motorist and a female passenger, 24, were transported to Trinity Hospital in good condition and released this morning into police custody, according to police. Charges are pending. Major Accidents is investigating the case and has not yet announced whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

A local resident, who asked to be anonymous, told ABC News she uses this crosswalk, which is near the Red Line’s 87th Street station, on a daily basis, and turning drivers often fail to stop for pedestrians. “People cross and then when the cars turn, like when I’m getting off work, they don’t want to stop,” she said. “They don’t want us to walk.”

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 12 (4 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 2 (both were hit-and-run crashes)

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Driver Charged With Murder After Road Rage Leads to Death of Pedestrian

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The crash site. Image: Google Maps

A Gary woman has been charged with murder and aggravated DUI after a domestic dispute escalated into road rage incident, resulting in the death of a bystander in Chicago’s Washington Park neighborhood, authorities said.

Early on Sunday morning, Shakita Woods, 33, got in a drunken argument with her new husband, 28, at a gas station at Garfield Boulevard and Wells Street, police said. The man struck her and then left the scene as a passenger in a maroon Buick, according to police. Woods got in her red Pontiac and chased the vehicle, police said.

At around 3:05 a.m., Woods intentionally struck the Buick near Garfield and State Street, causing the male driver to lose control, police said. He crashed into at least three other vehicles, hit a light pole, and careened into Brent Nelson, 51, who was standing on the corner, according to police.

Nelson was transported to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:52 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The male driver and Woods’ husband were taken to Mercy Hospital, where their condition were stabilized, police said.

Woods,of the 800 block of West 19th Avenue in Gary, was charged with first-degree murder, reckless homicide, and aggravated DUI, according to police. She was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of DUI, one misdemeanor count of driving on a revoked license, and various other traffic citations. She was due in bond court today.

Area Central is investigating the case. NBC reported that a nearby liquor store has surveillance video of the crash, which police are now reviewing.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 11 (4 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 2 (both were hit-and-run crashes)

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Twice as Many Pedestrian and Bike Deaths So Far in 2015 as Previous Years

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Elizabeth Peralta-Luna and her two children were fatally struck by a semi driver in March.

So far, 2015 has been a deadly year for pedestrian and bike crashes in Chicago. By this time in 2013, there had been six pedestrian fatalities, including three hit-and-runs, and no bike fatalities. By mid-April of 2014, there had also been six pedestrian deaths, five of which were hit-and-runs, and zero bike deaths. However, as of last Sunday, there have been ten pedestrians fatalities this year, including four hit-and-runs, and two bike fatalities, both of which involved drivers who fled. Here’s a recap of the cases.

On New Year’s Day, at about 1:30 a.m., a hit-and-run minivan driver fatally struck Aimer Roblado, 30, as he rode his bike on the 4700 block of West Division in West Humboldt Park. Robledo, a construction worker and DJ who lived on the 1400 block of North Avers, was cycling east when he was struck by the driver of a dark-colored minivan, who fled the scene. The victim was pronounced dead two hours later. Major Accidents is investigating the case.

On Friday, January 2, at around 1:20 p.m., a pickup truck driver fatally struck Nancy Sell, 59, on the 7500 block of North Clark Street in Rogers Park. Sell, who lived nearby on the 7400 block of North Greenview, was a cancer awareness advocate who had previously been struck by a bus driver and had undergone six months of physical therapy to learn how to walk and talk again, according to DNAinfo. She died on Saturday, January 10, from brain injuries sustained in the recent crash. The driver of the Ford F-250 received several tickets.

On Friday, January 15, at about 6:25 a.m., an SUV driver struck and killed Maria Hernandez, 58, in the 3600 block of West Addison in Avondale, by the Addison Blue Line station. The motorist, 41, exited the Kennedy Expressway northbound and then made a left turn to go west on Addison. She struck Hernandez as the pedestrian was crossing Addison northbound in a crosswalk. Hernandez, who lived nearby on the 3800 block of West Addison, was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. Police did not cite the driver, the Tribune reported.

On Saturday, January 17, at around 10:10 p.m., car driver Jose Estrada, 24, fatally struck pedestrians Raman Cruz, 36, and Pablo Esquivel-Vega, believed to be in his 50s, on the 4300 block of West North Avenue in Hermosa. The victims were crossing North Avenue when Estrada struck them with his 2002 Buick and allegedly sped away, the Tribune reported. The two men were pronounced dead shortly afterwards. Estrada collided with three parked vehicles a few blocks from the scene of the first crash and was apprehended by police. Prosecutors said the driver had a blood-alcohol content of 0.157, almost twice the legal limit. He was charged with two felony counts of aggravated DUI, plus a misdemeanor charge and failure to reduce speed.

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Hit-and-Run Driver Killed Cyclist Aimer Robledo on New Year’s Day

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2015 had a tragic start for the family of Aimer Robledo, a Humboldt Park man who was killed by a hit-and-run driver as he rode his bike home in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Robledo, 30, worked in construction and catering, and also DJed Mexican music at parties. On New Year’s Eve, he threw a party at his home on the 1400 block of North Avers, where he lived with other family members, DNAinfo reported.

At about 1:30 a.m., as the party was ending, nephew Raphael Hernandez told DNA that Robledo decided to ride his bike to go visit a friend. Hernandez added that his uncle hadn’t been drinking prior to leaving his party. After wishing the friend a happy New Year, Robledo stopped nearby to visit his own wife and two daughters, ages eight and nine, who lived separately from him. 

Around 2:40 a.m., Robledo was riding home from his wife’s house when the driver of a dark-colored minivan struck him under a railroad viaduct on the 4700 block of West Division, according to Officer Veejay Zala from Police News Affairs. This industrial stretch of Division has wide lanes and few intersections, which encourages speeding.

Robledo suffered a head injury but was still breathing when the ambulance arrived, Hernandez told DNA. Robledo was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:37 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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