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Police: Trucker ran stop sign at Dickens/Pulaski, killing DeMarco Quinn Edwards, 32

4:31 PM CDT on October 14, 2019

The intersection of Dickens and Pulaski. Image: Google Maps

Update 10/17/19: The Cook County medical examiner's office has identified the victim as DeMarco Quinn Edwards, 32, of the 4000 block West Dickens Avenue, just west of the crash site. The post has been edited accordingly.

A trucker who fatally struck DeMarco Quinn Edwards, 32, while he was walking in a crosswalk on the border of Hermosa and Logan Square has received multiple citations, according to Police News Affairs.

DeMarco Quinn Edwards

At about 12:30 p.m. this afternoon, Monday, October 14, Edwards was walking east across Pulaski Road in a crosswalk on Dickens Avenue when the northbound semi-truck driver hit him, according to the police. Edwards, who lived just west of the crash site on the 4000 block of West Dickens, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. According to an online obituary, Edwards formerly lived in Racine, Wisconsin.

The trucker was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. ABC Chicago reported that the vehicle was a dump truck.

A Streetsblog reader posted on Twitter that she saw the aftermath of the crash.

There is a dead body at the end of our block. In the pedestrian crosswalk. The one I use to walk to and from work everyday. Shedding tears for this human covered in a white sheet at Pulaski and Dickens. #visionzero @streetsblogchi @MaldonadoR26

— Jess dba Anhalt (@Anhalt) October 14, 2019

According to a tweet from the CTA, after the crash #53 Pulaski buses were temporarily rerouted via Pulaski, Fullerton, Cicero, Armitage and Pulaski.

Less than a month ago, a turning semi driver failed to yield to Elizabeth Boshardy, 29, at Grand Avenue and LaSalle Street in River North, fatally striking her. Boshardy had been pregnant with a daughter, named Hannah, who was born prematurely following the crash, but died four days later.

Fatality Tracker: 2019 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths on surface streets
Pedestrian: 34
Bicyclist: 1

Note: Streetsblog Chicago’s traffic death numbers represent fatal crashes on Chicago surface streets, based on preliminary Chicago Police Department data for January though August 2019 released by the Chicago Department of Transportation, plus media reports for September and October.

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