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Driver Killed Edith Guevara, 58, Injured 2 Others in Portage Park

The crash site. Image: Google Street View

Last Friday in Portage Park, a driver struck another car, then hit two pedestrians on the sidewalk, killing 58-year-old Edith Guevara and injuring the driver of the second vehicle and the other pedestrian.

At about 9 p.m. the first driver, a 65-year-old woman in a 2002 Toyota, was heading west on the 4700 block of West Addison when she struck a 2006 Toyota SUV that was turning south on Keating, driven by a 28-year-old woman, according to police. The first motorist then drove onto the sidewalk, striking Guevara and the other pedestrian, a 54-year-old man.

Both pedestrians were taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital, where Guevara, of the 3000 block of North Kilbourn Avenue in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood, was pronounced dead at 10:02 p.m, according to the Cook county medical examiner’s office. The man was in stable condition. The driver of the turning vehicles was transported to Community First Hospital in stable condition, according to police.

The first driver declined medical treatment and was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, and failure to remain in lane. Major Accidents is investigating the case.

Fatality Tracker: 2017 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 12 (four were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 1

Note: Streetsblog Chicago’s fatality numbers are based on media reports. According to fatality numbers released at a recent Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Council meeting, there had been 14 pedestrian deaths in Chicago this year as of April 30. 

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