Elderly driver killed country singer Lindsey Lagestee, 25, in Mount Greenwood

Lindsey Lagestee with a fan. Photo via GoFundMe
Lindsey Lagestee with a fan. Photo via GoFundMe

On Valentine’s Day, an elderly driver fatally struck 25-year-old country music singer Lindsey Lagestee in Chicago’s Southwest Side Mount Greenwood neighborhood.

According to the Chicago Police Department, at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 14, Lagestee was “near a parked vehicle” on the north side of the 3800 block of West 111th Street. According to a Sun-Times report, Lagestee, a pharmacist and the lead singer of the band Dixie Crush, was on her way to a performance at the Firewater Saloon, 3908 W. 111th St. at the time. While 111th is a two-lane street, this location is on a nearly half-mile stretch of 111th with no stoplights or stop signs, which encourages speeding.

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The Firewater Saloon on 111th Street. Image: Google Maps

The motorist, a 75-year-old man, was driving a Toyota westbound on 111th when he hit Lagestee, the CPD said. Lagestee, an Indiana native who lived in south-suburban South Holland, was taken to Christ Hospital in critical condition. According to an online obituary, she died on Monday, February 17. The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed her death on Wednesday, February 19.

The driver, who stayed on the scene, was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in the roadway, police said. Major Accidents is investigating the case.

A GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses, has raised more that $16,500. “Lindsey will now be singing with the Angels,” it states.

“Your beautiful voice will be missed,” wrote one friend on the website. “Thank you for the music and for being an inspiration,” said another supporter.” “She was a sweet and wonderful young lady,” wrote a fan of Lagestee’s band. “Her loss hurts me very deeply.”

Read more about Lagestee’s life in the Sun-Times.

Fatality Tracker: 2020 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths on surface streets

Pedestrian: 4
Bicyclist: 0

Note: Streetsblog Chicago’s traffic death numbers represent fatal crashes on Chicago surface streets, based on media reports and/or preliminary Chicago Police Department data released by the Chicago Department of Transportation.

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