Truck Driver Fatally Struck Ligia Acosta, 69, in Logan Square

The 2100 block of North Kimball. Image: google Street View
The 2100 block of North Kimball. Image: google Street View

A 26-year-old woman driving a truck struck and killed Ligia Acosta, 69, in Logan Square last Thursday, September 7.

At about 4:28 p.m., Acosta was crossing westbound, mid-block on the 2100 block of North Kimball Avenue, between DickensAvenue and Palmer Street, according to Officer Christine Calace from Police News Affairs. The driver was heading northbound in a 2003 Ford truck when she hit the senior.

A witness performed chest compressions at the scene in an attempt to resuscitate Acosta, Calace said. The victim, who lived in Logan Square, was transported to Illinois Masonic hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 4:59 p.m. An autopsy performed on Friday ruled the death to be an accident, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The driver was charged with failure to exercise due care to a pedestrian in the roadway, according to Calace.

Fatality Tracker: 2017 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 31
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 and September. 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.