Julia Callaway, 55, Fatally Struck by Driver Fleeing Police

Julia Callaway and her husband Daniel Brown.
Julia Callaway and her husband Daniel Brown.

Julia Callaway, a 55-year-old Black woman, was struck and killed by a driver who was fleeing the police. The fatal crash occurred yesterday afternoon in the 7900 block of South Lafayette Avenue, next to the Dan Ryan Expressway.

After being hit, Callaway was transported to the University of Chicago hospital, according to ABC 7. She was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m., according to the Cook County Office of the Medical Examiner.

Intersection of 79th Street and Lafayette Avenue, where Julia Calloway was killed by a driver on May 10, 2018. Photo: Google Street View
Intersection of 79th Street and Lafayette Avenue, where Julia Calloway was killed by a driver on May 10, 2018. Photo: Google Street View

Another person was struck during the same crash. ABC 7 reported that the 30-year-old man was “treated at the scene.”

Police took the driver and two passengers, all men, into custody. The three were in a rental car which police were chasing in “a wild pursuit through the city’s South Side streets,” according to ABC 7.

The suspects were not identified in ABC 7’s report.

Fatality Tracker: 2018 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 19
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-April 2018 released by the Chicago Department of Transportation, plus media reports for May.

  • Anne A

    My sympathy to the family and friends of Julia Callaway.

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