BMW Driver Fatally Struck Lorraine Campion, 91, as She Crossed Street in Edgewater

The 5500 block of North Sheridan Road, looking north. Edgewater Beach Apartments are to the right. Image: Google Street View
The 5500 block of North Sheridan Road, looking north. Edgewater Beach Apartments are to the right. Image: Google Street View

A BMW driver struck and killed 91-year-old Lorraine Campion as she crossed Sheridan Road on Monday morning in Edgewater.

At about 11:18 a.m., Campion was crossing westbound in the 5500 block of North Sheridan Road, according to Officer Jennifer Bryk from Police News Affairs.

The driver, a 29-year-old male “was driving southbound on Sheridan Road and was attempting to turn left into a parking lot, and overtook another vehicle that was waiting to turn left,” according to Bryk. According to a Sun-Times report, the first driver was in a BMW.

The Edgewater Beach Apartments have a parking garage entrance on the east side Sheridan on this block, with two inbound driveways. An employee from the management office I spoke with was familiar with the case but declined to confirm the location of the crash.

After the motorist struck Campion, who lived on the same block, she was transported to St. Francis Hospital, where she later died, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The BMW driver was cited for failure to exercise due care for a pedestrian in the roadway.

This was the second fatal pedestrian crash involving a vehicle entering or leaving a driveway on this block with less than a decade. In May 2009 taxi driver Desta Pawlos, 29, fatally struck Robert Deighton, 42, as the cabbie was exiting a driveway. Pawlos was cited for failing to stop when entering or leaving a driveway or alley.

Fatality Tracker: 2018 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 30
Bicyclist: 6

Note: Streetsblog Chicago’s traffic death numbers represent fatal crashes on Chicago streets. The counts are based on Chicago Police Department data for January-August 2018 released by the Chicago Department of Transportation, plus media reports for September.

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  • 1976boy

    “The BMW driver was cited for failure to exercise due care for a pedestrian in the roadway.”

    You can kill someone and get away with it. Nobody seems to care.

  • oogernomicon

    The largest network of alleyways on earth and yet Chicago drivers just MUST have their roadside access to off-street parking.

    Can’t be in the streets without drivers. Can’t be on the sidewalk without drivers.

  • Tooscrapps

    It’s not manslaughter or murder if you do it with a car.

  • TRPCLRMNTCST

    the nicer the car, the meaner they are

  • Imma

    I was at the scene and unfortunately saw this poor woman get hit. The BMW floored it with rage. Who turns left behind a car that’s already turning left!? It’s insulting they’re calling it an accident.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Please contact me at 312-560-3966 or greenfieldjohn[at]streetsblog.org. Thanks.

  • Anne A

    Because this is a fatality, CPD’s Major Accidents Unit will be investigating. It is possible that the driver could face additional charges after they have completed their investigation.

  • Anne A

    My sympathy to the family and friends of Lorraine Campion.

    Many seniors live on this section of Sheridan Rd. This and population density (due to the concentration of highrise buildings) are reasons why the sidewalk bike riding ban exists in this area. It’s worth using extra caution there because seniors are more vulnerable to serious injury and death from a crash compared to younger people.

  • David P.

    Why the focus on what make of car the driver was driving?

  • 1976boy

    Sidewalk riding ban? Are you serious? She was hit by a driver, not a bike. Drivers kill, bikes do not.

  • rwy

    BMWs tend to have more engine power than other makes. Given that a witness says the driver floored it before the crash, that extra engine power made the car even deadlier.

  • Guest

    The Edgewater Beach Apartments has 300 units and a 2 level parking garage. An alley might not allow safe vehicle access.

  • Austin Busch

    The unrelated reason for the bike riding ban in the area is because the LFT ends abruptly, Sheridan Road is dangerous, and somehow no one will build a PBL on it. Long ago it was decided that only a part of the lakefront would be public land and car-park high rises would dominate the rest.

    But, the issue digresses, as she wasn’t hit by a bike.

  • David P.

    This is untrue.

  • JG

    The media is wrong – her name is spelled wrong, she was 93, and she was on the sidewalk when this happened! This was not an accident and legal counsel has been obtained. The entire incident has been recorded on a security camera. Instead of focusing on the car, please remember this was someone’s mom, grandma and great-grandma.

  • oogernomicon

    “. . . might not allow safe vehicle access,” the Guest commented about alley (speed limit 15) access to off-street parking. On an article about a woman being killed on the sidewalk by a car accessing off-street parking from a street (speed limit 30? 35?).

  • johnaustingreenfield

    The info about the victim crossing the street when the collision occurred was from the CPD but, yes, I suspect she may have actually been walking across the wide driveway when she was struck. What’s the correct spelling of the name. If you have contact info for the law firm, please contact me at 312-560-3966, jgreenfield[at]streetsblog.org. Thanks.

  • Courtney

    It sounds like from the eye-witness account it would not have mattered how old the person was if the driver was accelerating. Speed/force were more important factors.

  • 1976boy

    So widen the alley, or do what is needed to MAKE it safe. Or dare to build unbundled parking that uses a controlled signal to access. There are many ways to make it safer, but we don’t do any of that, and people keep dying.

  • **

    Unfortunately cyclists do kill pedestrians but education and improved infrastructure are believed to help (for example in NYC: https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2014/10/the-rate-of-pedestrians-injured-by-bicyclists-is-going-down/381013/). In some places an uptick has been noted—for example, in England, where in 2017 it was reported that “Over the past seven years there have been 25 pedestrians killed in
    accidents with bikes and another 700 seriously injured – meaning roughly
    two people every week are being killed or badly hurt in crashes with
    bikes.” (https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2014/10/the-rate-of-pedestrians-injured-by-bicyclists-is-going-down/381013/)

  • 1976boy

    40,000 a year killed are by cars in the US alone. There is not much safe cycling infrastructure, and it’s already illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk in Chicago. What is the point of this argument?

  • **

    Argument?

  • **

    Thank you for pointing out that seniors are more vulnerable and that everyone, including bicyclists, need to pay a little more attention to that. I think protected lanes on Sheridan would help slow drivers in this stretch as well as provide much-needed safety for cyclists. The width of the street seems to encourage speeding along here in particular. The new streetlights alongside this building are nice and protected lanes would help continue the process of enhancing pedestrian access. There are many seniors and families modeling great urban sustainability habits along Sheridan and the areas to the west along here—they take the bus, they walk, they ride bikes. Yet there has been little true civic support for those modes for years.

  • **

    Anne, do you know if this section of Sheridan is CDOT or IDOT jurisdiction?

  • 1976boy

    This is an article about a woman being killed by a car in a situation where no bikes are involved, where bikes are not legal to ride (on the sidewalk), yet like clockwork the anti-biking arguments come out and make inappropriate claims about how dangerous bikes are to people, quoting BS stats about people killed, in the face of actual death and carnage caused by drivers operating in an environment that disregards the safety of pedestrians. It’s repulsive victim blaming.

  • **

    Thanks for explaining. I would never blame Ms. Campion.

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