CTA Bus Driver Killed Tasha Nicole Wilson, 37, in Grand Crossing in Early March

The crash site at 79th and Lafayette. Image: Google Street View
The crash site at 79th and Lafayette. Image: Google Street View

Update 3/26/18, 9 AM: The crash victim has been identified as Tasha Nicole Wilson, 37, of the 4400 block of South Stewart, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

On the evening of Tuesday, March 6 a CTA bus operator struck and killed a female pedestrian near the 79th Street Red Line stop, authorities said.

The bus driver was traveling south on Lafayette Avenue, a frontage road for the Dan Ryan Expressway, at about 7:25 p.m. when he made a right turn and hit the woman, who was in a crosswalk, according to police. The victim’s identity was not immediately released.

The operator was charged with failure to exercise due care for a pedestrian in the roadway. CTA spokesman Brian Steele stated that the bus had no passengers on board at the time of the crash, since the driver was heading to a bus garage.

Fatality Tracker: 2017 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 4
Bicyclist: 1
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 2018 released by the Chicago Department of Transportation, plus media reports for February and March.

  • Randy Neufeld

    Please add motor vehicle drivers and passengers to your fatality tracker. They are people and victims of traffic violence too. The primary causes of all these crashes are the same: speed, distraction and impairment. The fixes will save lives regardless of mode. Tracking all fatals and serious crashes will help win some of the more difficult policy changes as everyone will see themselves at risk and in need of greater security in daily mobility.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Good points, but there were 132 total onstreet Chicago traffic fatalities in 2017. Streetsblog Chicago has one full-time employee. It would be difficult to track the media reports for every motorist fatality, let alone write a post for every case.


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