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.

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