Driver Fatally Struck Janice M. Gilmore, 67, While She Was Waiting at a Bus Shelter

The crash site. Image: Google Street View
The crash site. Image: Google Street View

On Monday evening a speeding SUV driver struck and killed Janice M. Gilmore, 67, while she was waiting for a CTA bus at a shelter and injured five other people in South Deering.

At about 6:25 p.m., a male motorist in a BMW SUV was driving north on Stony Island Avenue towards 95th Street at a high rate of speed when he struck another driver in a Chevrolet sedan who was turning left, police said. The BMW driver spun out of control, hitting the bus shelter, and Gilmore’s body was thrown far from the point of impact, a witness told NBC News. Gilmore lived nearby on the 9300 block of South Merrill Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Bystanders were able to pull the BMW driver from his car before it went up in flames; his condition has not been released. Witnesses also pulled the roof of the shelter off of other pedestrians who suffered minor injuries, including a five-year-old girl and two women’s, ages 20 and 21, WGN reported. A 24-year-old passenger in the Chevrolet was hospitalized with critical injuries, but the driver declined medical attention.

The BMW driver was cited for speeding and driving without insurance, but additional charges may be pending, according to police.

Fatality Tracker: 2018 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 8
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 through April.

  • Jeremy

    I am always curious about people driving without insurance. Can’t the secretary of state’s office get a database of insured drivers from all licensed insurance companies, then cross-reference against a database of all registered license plates using VINs? That would return a list of all registered cars without insurance coverage.

    Financial institutions purchase insurance for cars that have liens outstanding. The state should be allowed to do the same.

  • Aerial photo of the aftermath (warning: graphic).

  • Anne A

    I have lived in other states where proof of current insurance was required to register a car. I don’t understand why this is not done in Illinois.

  • Anne A

    Heartbreaking and infuriating.

  • Guest

    Proof of registration is required in Illinois:


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