Hit-and-Run Driver Killed Male Pedestrian, 40, in Avalon Park

The 8300 block of South Stony Island Avenue. Image: Google Street View
The 8300 block of South Stony Island Avenue. Image: Google Street View

Police believe that a driver fatally struck a 40-year-old man who was found dead early this morning in the Avalon Park community, according to Officer Nicole Trainor from News Affairs.

Around 2:25 a.m. officers found the victim lying unresponsive in the the street on the 8300 block of South Stony Island Avenue, Trainor said. As of noon today, the Cook County medical examiner’s office had not released the man’s identity.

Major Accidents is investigating the case.

The crash took place on a multilane stretch of Stony Island where speeding is common. The Chicago Department of Transportation has previously proposed adding bike lanes on the avenue between 67th and 79th streets, partly to serve as a traffic calming measure. However, the city is currently planning to add two lanes to Stony Island between 59th Street to 63rd Street, near the future Obama Presidential Center site.

Fatality Tracker: 2017 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 34
Bicyclist: 3

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 through November. 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.

  • Anne A

    My sympathy to the family and friends of the victim.

  • Derrick L

    How many of my neighbors have to die trying to cross this horrid road, an expressway for Hoosiers and suburbanites through a residential neighborhood, before effective measures are taken to divert and calm traffic?! The Dan Ryan has been widened. Through traffic needs to be kept on that expressway, and the city and IDOT need to halt the 95th/Stony viaduct widening because that will encourage more speeding motorists.

  • Bernard Finucane

    The crosswalk is nearly 50 feet long. There is no excuse for this. It doesn’t speed up traffic at all.


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