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Driver fatally struck Mary Johnson, 82, in North Lawndale and left the scene

4:38 PM CDT on October 18, 2021

The 1100 block of South California Avenue. Image: Google Maps

A driver who struck and killed Mary Johnson, 82, in North Lawndale early Thursday morning and left the scene, later reporting the crash at a police station, was not charged with a hit-and-run, but instead received a citation.

According to the Chicago Police Department, on Thursday, October 14, at about 5:35 a.m., Johnson was on foot in the 1100 block of South California.

The driver, a 24-year-old female, struck Johnson and then left the scene, police indicated. CPD did not respond to questions about which direction the pedestrian and the motorist were traveling.

Johnson, who lived a block west of the crash site on the 2900 block of West Fillmore Street, was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

After leaving the crash site, the driver went to the 11th District police station to report the incident. She was cited for failure to exercise due care for a pedestrian in the roadway.

Fatality Tracker: 2021 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths on surface streets

Pedestrian: 18
Bicyclist: 7

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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