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CPD: SUV driver struck and killed man “sitting in street” across from Marquette Park green space.

The victim was at least the fifth person on foot killed on a Chicago street this year.

The crash location on the 3100 block of West Marquette Road / 67th Street, next to the Marquette Park green space, looking west. Image: Google Maps

Sadly, a hit-and-run SUV driver fatally struck a man police said was "sitting in the street" early Sunday morning in Chicago Lawn neighborhood.

According to the initial Chicago Police Department statement, around 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 3, the man was seated in the roadway on the 3100 block of West Marquette Road (6700 S.) The driver of a dark-colored SUV struck him and then fled the scene. The victim was pronounced dead at the crash site.

Sketch of the collision from the traffic crash report.

The CPD's traffic crash report provides more information about what reportedly happened. "Upon arrival responding officers discovered a male Hispanic approximately 30-40 years of age on the ground unresponsive," the report states. The police requested Emergency Medical Services, and a Chicago Fire Department ambulance crew responded. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene at about 2:15 a.m.

"A witness who recorded the incident related to ROs a [drivers] struck the victim and fled the scene," the crash report states. "ROs reviewed said recording and observed the victim sitting in the westbound lane of Marquette Road when a dark-colored SUV [driver struck] the victim and continued westbound. At 6655 S. Kedzie there is a gas station with cameras that may have captured more details of the offending vehicle."

On Thursday, March 6, a police spokesperson told Streetsblog no charges or citations had been filed. The victim's ID had not been released by the Cook County medical examiner's office, pending notification of kin.

Anyone with info the case should call CPD's Major Accident Investigation Unit at 312-745-4521 or dial 911 or leave an anonymous tip at CPDtip.com.

Chicago Fatality Tracker

Pedestrian: 5

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.

2024 Chicago pedestrian fatality cases

• On March 3, 2024, an SUV driver fatally struck a man police said was "sitting in the street" on the 3100 block of West Marquette Road in Chicago Lawn.

• On February 22, 2024, a driver fatally struck a male pedestrian, 52, who was crossing South King Drive at 47th Street in the Grand Boulevard community.

• On February 8, 2024, a hit-and-run pickup driver ran a red and fatally struck a Jiekun Xu, 68, as she crossed Pulaski Road at 44th Street in Archer Heights.

• On January 21, 2024, a hit-and-run SUV driver struck and killed David Marshall Hoyle III, 35, as he crossed 95th Street at Union Avenue in Washington Heights. 

• On January 7, 2024, a hit-and-run SUV driver struck and killed Jason Kardish, 40, as he crossed Ashland Avenue at Diversey Parkway in Lincoln Park.

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