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Hit-and-run driver killed Angela R. Mcknight, 49, crossing street in Lawndale on Memorial Day

Looking northeast on Roosevelt and Independence. Image: Google Maps

Hit-and-run driver killed Angela R. Mcknight, 49, crossing street in Lawndale on Memorial Day

Tragically, an SUV driver fatally struck Angela R. Mcknight, 49, as she crossed the 1200 block of South Independence Drive yesterday evening in the Lawndale neighborhood. The motorist fled the scene.

Mcknight lived three blocks northeast of the incident, on the 3600 block of West Grenshaw Street, according to the Cook County medical examiner. She was crossing Independence, 1800 West, at Roosevelt just before 11 PM on Monday, May 29, Memorial Day, during the collision, according to the Chicago Police Department.

The police said the driver of a 4-door 2014 Kia Optima SUV hit Mcknight at a high speed and fled the scene, and is not in custody.

The victim was taken to Mt. Sinai hospital where she was pronounced dead.  

Police image of the hit-and-run video. Image: CPD
Police image of the hit-and-run video. Image: CPD

Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating the case. The SUV likely has damage to its right-front side, including a shattered windshield and a dented hood. People with information about the crash can call MAIU at (312) 745-4521.

Streetsblog Chicago Fatality Tracker

Pedestrian: 15
Bicyclist: 1

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

  • On May 29, 2023, a hit-and-run driver killed Angela R. Mcknight, 49, crossing in the 1200 block of S. Independence Dr.
  • On April 14, 2023, a Chrysler driver fatally struck a man, 59, on the 8800 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue in Chatham.
  • On April 8, 2023, a turning sedan driver struck and killed Tracy Burton, 55, crossing the street at Laramie Avenue and Jackson Boulevard in Austin.
  • On March 29,2023, a sedan driver struck and killed a male pedestrian, 46, on the 2000 block of North Cicero in Belmont Cragin.
  • On March 25, 2023, a driver ran a stop sign at Washington and Green streets in the West Loop, fatally striking James Robert Thompson and fled the scene.
  • On March 19, 2023, a left-turning van driver fatally struck Guo Ning Li, 78, in a crosswalk at 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown.
  • On February 20, 2023, a right-turning FedEx step van driver ran over and killed Marsha Frankel, 72, in a crosswalk at Roosevelt Road and Wabash Avenue in the South Loop.
  • On February 14, 2023, a CTA bus driver fatally struck Kevin Herrera, 28, at at 47th Street and Ashland Avenue in Back of the Yards.
  • On February 7, 2023, a driver fatally struck Erik S. Wills, 49, on the 8800 block of South May Street in Gresham.
  • On February 6, 2023, a motorist struck and killed Stevenson Mays, 59, on the 5600 block of South Racine Avenue in West Englewood and fled the scene.
  • On January 27, 2023, two drivers collided on the 5000 block of West Washington Street in Austin and fatally struck Jennifer Kelleher, 25, and then both fled the scene.
  • On January 26, 2023, an SUV driver fatally struck an unidentified woman, 93, on the 300 block of South Laramie Avenue in Austin and fled the scene.
  • On January 10, 2023, a sedan driver struck and killed an unidentified man, 33, on the 3500 block of West Lake Street in East Garfield Park and fled the scene.
  • On January 3, 2023, a cargo van driver fatally struck Jaime Cuadra, 47, as he was exiting a vehicle on 87th Street in front of the Red Line station.
  • On January 2, 2023, a 45-year-old man was crossing Lafayette Avenue at 79th Street in Chatham when a speeding driver ran a red, fatally struck him, and fled the scene on foot.
  • On January 2, 2023, near 72nd Street and Damen Avenue in West Englewood, Roy Lee, 21, was getting into his car when a driver swerved into oncoming lanes, fatally struck Lee and hit three parked cars, then fled the scene on foot.

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