No Citations for SUV Driver Who Fatally Struck Joseph Giljum, 36, Near Caldwell Woods

The 6200 block of West Devon. Image: Google Street View
The 6200 block of West Devon. Image: Google Street View

The SUV driver who struck and killed Joseph Giljum, 36, near in Norwood Park on the Northwest Side last Saturday received no citations.

According to police, at about 3:35 p.m. Giljum was crossing in the 6200 block of West Devon when the motorist struck him with a 2016 RAV4 SUV. The crash site is near an entrance to the Caldwell Woods forest preserve.

Although the entrance is at the intersection of Devon and Merrimac Avenue, a residential street, there are no marked crosswalks leading across Devon, a four-lane highway with fast traffic. The nearest marked crosswalk is about a quarter of a mile west at Milwaukee Avenue.

Giljum was transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and pronounced dead. According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, he lived on the 3300 block of North Seminary Avenue.

Police said the driver was not cited.

Fatality Tracker: 2017 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 30
Bicyclist: 2

Note: Streetsblog Chicago’s traffic death numbers represent fatal crashes on Chicago streets. The pedestrian count above is based on Chicago Police Department data for January through July released by the Chicago Department of Transportation, plus media reports for August. In addition to the on-street bike fatalities, on June 24 a cyclist was riding on a CTA train platform when he fell on the tracks and was fatally struck.

Update 8/29/17 8:30 AM: The Cook County medical examiner’s office released the name and address of the victim. The post has been updated with this information.


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