Driver fatally struck Allen Lee Jr., 88, on 5-lane Western Avenue in Morgan Park

Western Avenue looking south towards 110th Street. Image: Google Maps
Western Avenue looking south towards 110th Street. Image: Google Maps

Update 4/23/22, 11:30 AM: This post previously stated that the crash took place near 109th Street. We have since learned that it took place at 110th Street. The article has been edited accordingly.

Last month a motorist fatally struck Allen Lee Jr., 88, as he attempted to cross Western Avenue in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Far Southwest Side.

According to police, on Tuesday, March 15, at about 7:40 p.m., the senior was trying to cross Western Avenue near 110th Street. Western has five lanes, and this intersection has no stoplights or pedestrian, making it difficult for anyone to safely cross on foot, let alone an elderly person.

A 74-year-old male car driver heading south struck Lee as he was crossing Western, police said. The victim was transported to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and later pronounced dead.

A person who works at nearby Open Outcry Brewing Company, 10934 S. Western Ave., told Streetsblog footage from one of the brewpub’s security cameras showed the driver’s brake lights activating as he approached the intersection.

The driver was cited for failure to exercise due car for a pedestrian in the roadway, police said.

Fatality Tracker: 2022 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths on surface streets

Pedestrian: 5
Bicyclist: 2

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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