Last Thursday night, November 21, a driver struck and killed 13-year-old Trayvion West as he crossed the street in a crosswalk in the South Chicago neighborhood.
At 6:30 p.m., West was crossing the intersection of 83rd Street and Exchange Avenue, Police News Affairs said, adding that it's not clear which direction he was crossing. Exchange bends southeast from 83rd, and the intersection, which has stoplights, has long pedestrian crossing distances.
A 52-year-old man driving west made a left turn, striking the teen, police said. West, who lived nearby on the 8100 block of South Muskegon Avenue, was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The driver, who remained at the scene, was cited for making an improper left turn, driving an uninsured vehicle, and failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
David O'Bannon, who works near the crash site, told ABC Chicago that he heard a woman screaming for help after the collision. "It came out of the garage across the street and I heard the lady screaming the kind of scream you don't want to hear like something terrible happened to somebody that they loved," he said.
West was a member of the South Shore Drill Team, which has posted a memorial video on Facebook with images of him performing with the team. "Trayvion will be dearly missed by everyone," the post stated.
West's death occurred about two weeks after a 72-year-old man driving a sedan struck a boy, 5, in a crosswalk at Elston and Francisco Avenues, critically injuring him. That driver was also cited for failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Residents are calling for stop signs to be installed on Elston at the intersection.
Fatality Tracker: 2019 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths on surface streets Pedestrian: 36 Bicyclist: 4
Note: Streetsblog Chicago’s traffic death numbers represent fatal crashes on Chicago surface streets, based on preliminary Chicago Police Department data for January though October 2019 released by the Chicago Department of Transportation, plus media reports for November.
In addition to editing Streetsblog Chicago, John writes the transportation column for the Chicago Reader weekly paper. A Chicagoan since 1989, he enjoys exploring the city on foot, bike, bus, and 'L' train.
On Thursday, disadvantaged business enterprises attended a meeting hosted by the Chicago Transit Authority to learn more about the Red Line Extension and the subcontracting opportunities available. The event took place at the CTA’s West Loop headquarters.