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Man, 59, fatally struck by driver at 89th/Cottage is third Chatham ped fatality this year

89th/Cottage looking north. Image: Google Maps

A 59-year-old man who was struck and killed by a car driver on Friday night in Chatham was the third person fatally struck in the community this year.

The previous victims were both struck near Red Line stations and the Dan Ryan Expressway:

The most recent case happened on Friday, April 14, at about 7:30 p.m. According to police, a man, 27, was driving a Chrysler south on Cottage Grove Avenue. The roadway has five lanes, which encourages speeding.

The driver struck the pedestrian at 89th Street, police said. The victim was taken to the University of Chicago Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His identity has not been released, pending notification of kin.

The motorist was ticketed for driving without a license or valid insurance.

Diagram of the collision from the crash report.
Diagram of the collision from the crash report.
Diagram of the collision from the crash report.

According to the crash report, the driver told responding officers he turned his to check on his daughters in the back seat just before the the pedestrian crossed the 89th/Cottage Grove intersection. The motorist said he tried to swerve to avoid the man but was unsuccessful. A witness told the officers the victim was running across the intersection when he was struck.

Streetsblog Chicago Fatality Tracker

Pedestrian: 14
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.

2023 Chicago pedestrian fatality cases

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