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Monica M. Eason, 42, is second person fatally struck on 3-block stretch of Pulaski in 4 months

6:36 PM CST on November 22, 2022

Monica M. Eason

On August 2 of this year, Lawrence Ware, 52, was killed while crossing the street in the 4000 block of West 5th Avenue in West Garfield Park when a hit-and-run driver struck him, and another motorist ran him over.

Tragically, Monica M. Eason, 42, was killed in a similar manner yesterday evening, just three blocks south of Ware's crash site at Arthington Street and Pulaski Road. Pulaski is a wide, four-lane street, which encourages speeding.

Diagram of the crash from the police report.
Diagram of the crash from the police report.
Diagram of the crash from the police report.

According to police, at about 8:30 p.m. on Monday, November 21, Eason was walking east across Pulaski in a crosswalk. The driver of a tan-colored, four-door 1995-2000 Jeep SUV was traveling south at a high rate of speed, ran a red light, struck the pedestrian, and fled south.

A witness performed CPR on the scene until Eason was transported by the Chicago Fire Department to Mt. Sinai Hospital, police said. The victim, lived about two miles northeast on the 2900 block of West Lake Street, was pronounced dead at 9:46 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

A security image of the moment before impact.
A security image of the moment before impact.
A security image of the moment before impact.

The crash was captured on surveillance video. Police have released images of the vehicle. Anyone with info on the case should call the Major Accident Investigations Unit at 312-745-4521.

Eason’s niece Latees Ball told WGN News that the victim's mother and sister died in the past year as well. "It's sad you cannot go to the store and make it back home safely. It’s heartbreaking the expectation is a family should get numb to these scenarios on a daily basis. It’s becoming entirely too much."

A surveillance image of the SUV. Image: Chicago Police Department
A surveillance image of the SUV. Image: Chicago Police Department
A surveillance image of the SUV. Image: Chicago Police Department

"She's a wonderful person," Eason's brother Michael Jackson told CBS Chicago, noting that her death was preventable. "I don't even know what to say. We just want justice. That's it."

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

Pedestrian: 27
Bicyclist: 8

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

    • On September 8, 2022, Samuel Bell, 44, was riding an e-bike southeast on the 700 block of North Milwaukee in River West when an elederly Hyundai Elantra sedan driver made a left turn onto Huron Street, fatally striking Bell.
    • On August 27, 2022, an SUV driver ran a stop sign and fatally struck Fengan Yan, 55, at 26th Street and Stewart Avenue in the Armour Square community.
    • On August 11, 2022, a van driver struck and killed Pablo Rodriguez, 55, near 99th Street and Avenue L in the East Side community and fled the scene.
    • On June 24, 2022, a cargo van driver fatally struck Joshua Avina-Luna, 15, near 62nd Street and Austin Avenue in the Clearing neighborhood
    • On June 9, 2022, a semi truck driver ran over and killed Elizabeth “Lily” Grace Shambrook, 3, riding in a child seat on the back of her mother’s bike at Leland and Winthrop avenues in Uptown. The mother was uninjured.
    • On May 4, 2022, a Nissan Versa sedan driver fatally struck Nick Parlingayan, 22, on his bike at Milwaukee and Kilbourn avenues in Irving Park.
    • On April 16, 2022, an allegedly intoxicated hit-and-run Volkswagen Jetta driver fatally struck Paresh Chhatrala, 42, near Madison and Peoria streets in the West Loop.
    • On February 28, 2022, a BMW sedan driver ran a red light at Balbo Drive and DuSable Lake Shore Drive in the Loop, fatally striking Gerardo Marciales, 41, on a Divvy bike.

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