No Citations for Driver Who Fatally Struck Paul J. Gunia, 61, in Belmont Terrace

The 8300 block of West Belmont, looking north. Image: Google Street View
The 8300 block of West Belmont, looking north. Image: Google Street View

A driver leaving a shopping center struck and killed Paul J. Gunia, 61, in the Belmont Terrace neighborhood on the Northwest Side and was not cited.

At about 5:40 p.m. Gunia was crossing northbound in the 8300 block of Belmont Avenue, according to Officer Ronald Westbrook from Police News Affairs. The Thatcher Woods shopping center is on the south side of the block.

The motorist was leaving a parking spot and heading north to turn left when he struck Gunia, Westbrook said. The victim was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood and pronounced dead at 4:24 p.m. last Wednesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Belmont is a five-lane street at this location. Westbrook said no charges are pending against the driver because Gunia “was not in the crosswalk while crossing the street” and the collision was ruled an “accident.”

Fatality Tracker: 2018 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 23
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 and June

  • Tooscrapps

    John did you notice that the NW corner has a ramp, but the because of the wide apron the SW corner has none? That’s why there was no painted crosswalk.

    If this happened at the intersection (I’m not sure if it did or not) and the driver was facing north/turning left and the pedestrian was crossing north, he would have been in an unmarked crosswalk.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    I wasn’t given the exact location of the crash — the screen shot I included was to provide a general idea of the street layout on that block.

  • Tooscrapps

    Yah I understand. Just pointing out the poor design having a sidewalk ramp to nowhere.

  • Anne A

    My sympathy to the family and friends of Paul Gunia.


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