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Hit-and-run SUV driver killed Lydia Morales, 46, in 5900 block of South King, next to Washington Park

The crash location, midblock on the 5900 block of South King Drive. Image: Google Maps

Update 9/26/23, 9:00 AM: The Cook County medical examiner's office has identified the victim as Lydia Morales, 46. The article has been edited accordingly.

Tragically, a hit-and-run driver fatally struck Lydia Morales, 46, Thursday night on King Drive next to the Washington Park green space.

According to the Chicago Police Department's Community Alert, on Thursday, September 21, at about 10:47 PM, the driver of a southbound white SUV struck Morales in the street, mid-block in the 5900 block of South King Dive (400 E.) There King is a two-lane street with non-protected bike lanes on the west side of Washington Park. The motorist did not stop to render aid but continued south.

Image of the collision from the crash report.

The traffic crash report does not list the make, model, or owner of the SUV. It's narrative states that Morales was taken to University of Chicago Hospitals in a Chicago Fire Department ambulance and pronounced dead at 12:42 a.m. When responding officers arrived at the crash site, no one was on the scene, but there was blood on the road. The narrative states that the incident was not captured on security camera, and the Police Observation Device camera at 61st Street "was not operational at the time."

Neighbors told ABC Chicago said speeding is common on this stretch of King. "For them to just leave her laying in the street shows that the world that we live in is just some people just have no remorse and just have no conscience and that is really sad," Ta'Sha Barber told ABC.

Streetsblog Chicago Fatality Tracker

Pedestrian: 22

Bicyclist: 3

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

2023 Chicago bike fatalities

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