Today’s Headlines for Thursday, April 27

  • When the Eisenhower Expressway Moved in, Who Was Forced Out? (WBEZ)
  • Road Rage Sparks First Fatal Shooting on an Illinois Tollway, Officials Say (Tribune)
  • Woman On Motorcycle Killed In Hanover Park Hit-And-Run Crash (CBS)
  • Police Searching for Man Who Sexually Assaulted a Teen on the Milwaukee Ave. Bus (NBC)
  • ATA, TribuneDNA Looks at the Recent 50% Spike in Reported Bicycle Dooring Crashes
  • Metra: UP NW Line to Be Slowed by 30 Minutes for Rail Work (Sun-Times)
  • Dust in the Wind: Merchants Say Debris From Broadway Utility Work Is Pulverizing Sales (DNA)
  • Evanston Will Purchase a New Divvy Station for the Dempster Purple Line Stop (DN)
  • Divvy Is Awesome, But the Bikes Are Frickin’ Tanks (Medium Rare)
  • Community Meetings on Red/Purple Modernization 5/4 and 5/11 (CTA)

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  • R.A. Stewart

    The Hanover Park hit-and-run was apparently committed by an 83-year-old man from West Chicago who suffers from dementia. WBBM radio reported that the man claims to have no memory of striking the motorcyclist, that his family started calling local police departments after he reported finding glass in his car, and that they were devastated for the motorcyclist and her family after finding out what happened. His attorney apparently plans to enter a not guilty plea on grounds of lack of mental capacity.

    Now that it’s too late, I suppose some will ask the obvious question, What was someone with that degree of mental impairment doing driving?

    It will not even occur to anyone, of course–at least outside a handful of sites like this–to question the unrestrained suburbanization of the past 70 years, which has left most Americans living in places where there is no way to get anywhere or do anything outside their homes without driving, regardless of whether they want to or can do so safely. Ironically, according to WBBM’s report, when he hit the motorcyclist the defendant was driving home from … mall walking. Only in America does the grotesque absurdity fail to register.