Angela Short, 14, was 2nd person killed at a Chicago bus stop this year

The aftermath of the crash. Image: CBS Chicago
The aftermath of the crash. Image: CBS Chicago

Update 8/18/22: The victim has been identified as Angela Short. According to an ABC Chicago report, at a memorial on Saturday, Angela’s aunt Kenya Parker described her as “the sweetest little girl you would ever want to know. Really laid-back, reserved, quiet, loved her family.”

Kenyatta Branford and Angela Short.
Kennetta Bradford and Angela Short.

Angela was standing at the bus stop with her mother Kennetta Bradford when the driver struck them, ABC reported. Branford suffered broken bones and a punctured lung and is currently recovering at home. 

The driver who caused the crash has been charged with a DUI, according to ABC. Linette Cheers, another of Short’s aunts, said, “The recklessness of the actions of these people need to stop because they don’t realize making these decisions, it’s tearing families up.”

Update 8/9/22: According to police, the Mercedes driver has been cited for running a red light, failure to reduce speed to prevent a crash, and operating an uninsured vehicle.

Last May a BMW driver fatally struck Concepcion Lopez, 82 while she waited for CTA bus in a shelter on the 2100 block of West Peterson Avenue in the West Ridge neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side. On Friday there was a similar tragedy in Auburn Gresham on the South Side, when a Mercedes driver caused a crash that killed a 14-year-old girl at a bus stop and injured three other people.

According to police, on Friday, August 5, at about 6:35 p.m., the girl and a woman were standing at the bus stop at the southwest corner of 79th Street and Racine Avenue, next to a Walgreens A 33-year-old man driving west in a gold-colored Mercedes ran a red light and struck a black Jeep that was being driven southbound.

The intersection of 79th and Racine, looking west. Image: Google Maps
The intersection of 79th and Racine, looking west. Image: Google Maps

The Jeep careened onto the sidewalk, striking the two pedestrians. The girl was taken to the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Her identity has not yet been released.

The woman was transported to the University of Chicago Hospital in serious condition. The Mercedes driver was transported in serious condition to St. Bernard Hospital, as was the Jeep driver, a 42-year-old man who was in fair condition.

“Coming so fast, that’s how he was able to knock that Jeep all the way up into the crowd of pedestrians that was waiting on the bus,” witness Vincent Holland told CBS Chicago. I’m not sure how many, but I know that little girl was pinned up between those brakes… There wasn’t nothing we could do about it.”

Motorists killing people waiting for CTA buses is a tragically common occurrence, so much so that the city should consider installing guard rails in front of all bus stops, or at least bus shelters, in a way that does not interfere with bus boarding and exiting. Here’s the full list of recent cases that have appeared in news reports.

  • In August 2022, Angela Short was standing at a bus stop when she was killed after a Mercedes driver ran a red at 79th Street and Racine Avenue in Auburn Gresham, striking a Jeep, which careened onto the sidewalk. Three other people were injured in the crash.
  • In May 2022, a BMW driver fatally struck Concepcion Lopez, 82 while she waited for CTA bus in a shelter on the 2100 block of West Peterson Avenue in the West Ridge neighborhood.
  • In December 2021, a 68-year-old woman was standing at a bus stop at 75th Street and St. Lawrence Avenue in Grand Crossing when a Jeep driver ran a red, struck another vehicle, and veered onto the sidewalk, pinning the senior against a building and killing her.
  • In September 2021, a 52-year-old woman was killed while waiting for a bus in at 81st Street and Racine Avenue in Auburn Gresham, by a hit-and-run driver who ran a red and struck another vehicle.
  • In August 2019, Myrna Logan, 81, and several other people were standing at a bus stop at Fullerton and Cicero Avenues when a driver struck them, killing Logan and injuring several others.
  • Also in August 2019, an SUV driver slammed into a bus shelter at 61st Street and King Drive Woodlawn, killing Beverly Barney, 59, and injuring a 60-year-old woman.
  • In June 2019, a police chase in Jeffery Manor ended with the death of Michael Jordan, 27, who was sitting in a CTA bus shelter on the 9900 block of South Van Vlissingen Road when the fleeing driver struck him.
  • In April 2018, a speeding SUV driver struck and killed Janice M. Gilmore, 67, while she was waiting for a CTA bus at a shelter on Stony Island Avenue near 95th Street in South Deering, and injured five other people.

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Fatality Tracker: 2022 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths on surface streets (including one scooter-on-sidewalk case)

Pedestrian: 21
Bicyclist: 5

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.

2022 Chicago pedestrian fatality cases (including one scooter-on-sidewalk case)

2022 Chicago bike fatality cases

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