Two Pedestrians Accidents Involving People Walking In Crosswalks

As previously discussed on this site, pedestrian accidents involving people who are walking in crosswalks at the time of the collision happen on a regular basis.  As such, one question that has arisen is whether crosswalks offer a “false sense of security” for pedestrians.

Various statistics for the Chicago area, as well as various individual pedestrian accidents summarized on this site, indicate a broad range of serious accident injuries for the pedestrians who are struck.  Many of these accidents have led to fatal injuries.

Two recent Chicago-area pedestrian accidents have involved pedestrians who have been struck while walking in crosswalks.

The most recent accident happened on Touhy Avenue in Niles on Friday morning, October 13, 2017.  In this accident, a woman was crossing the street in a crosswalk, but against the light.  The woman was struck by a car and later died.  The accident is summarized in the October 13, 2017 Niles Herald-Spectator article titled “Lincolnwood woman fatally struck by car while crossing street in Niles” as well as the October 13 CBS Chicago article titled “63-Year-Old Pedestrian Fatally Struck In Niles.”  Two excerpts from the Niles Herald-Spectator article:

Patricia Dahnke, of Lincolnwood, was crossing Touhy Avenue at Central Avenue around 5:48 a.m. when she was struck by a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu driven by a 60-year-old Chicago man, Niles police said in a news release Friday.

also:

Dahnke was crossing Touhy Avenue from north to south against the red light when the collision occurred, Tornabene said.

Police believe the driver did not initially notice Dahnke because, as she began to cross Touhy Avenue, a semi-tractor trailer was making a left turn from eastbound Touhy Avenue onto northbound Central Avenue, Tornabene said.

Patricia Dahnke was 63 years old.  She was pronounced dead after being taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.  The driver of the car was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

The other pedestrian accident resulted in non-fatal accident injuries and happened on Wednesday morning (October 11, 2017) in Palatine.  This accident is discussed in the Daily Herald article of October 13, 2017, titled “Driver charged with striking Palatine High School student in crosswalk.”  An excerpt from the article:

Police say the 23-year-old driver of a 2007 Audi A4 was going the wrong way at a high rate of speed when he struck a 17-year-old female student about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday in the one-way student drop off lane. The student was walking through a marked crosswalk, police said.

The student was taken to the hospital for treatment of accident injuries including head injuries and unspecified injuries to the lower extremities.

Additional details regarding these two pedestrian accidents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.  Additionally, various aspects of Chicago pedestrian accidents – including what to do if you are struck by a vehicle while walking – are discussed on the “Cook County Pedestrian Accidents” page.

Fatal Pedestrian Accident Near Caldwell Woods

There was a fatal pedestrian accident Saturday afternoon (August 26, 2017) in Chicago’s Norwood Park neighborhood.

Details regarding the accident are somewhat limited.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at 3:35 p.m., in the 6200 block of West Devon, which is near the Caldwell Woods Forest Preserve. The pedestrian, identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Joseph Giljum, 36, of Chicago, was struck by a vehicle.  

Giljum was pronounced dead after being taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

A subsequent autopsy found that he died of multiple blunt force injuries.

This fatal Chicago pedestrian accident remains under investigation by the Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 27 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man fatally struck in Norwood Park” as well as the August 28 Streetsblog Chicago post titled “No Citations for SUV Driver Who Fatally Struck Joseph Giljum, 36, Near Caldwell Woods.”

Two Pedestrians Struck By Vehicle On Chicago’s Northwest Side

Pedestrian accidents continue to be a significant traffic safety concern in the Chicago area, as well as nationally.  Such pedestrian accidents are increasing.  There have been various stated reasons for this increase.  One reason cited is the increase in distracted driving, as well as “distracted” walkers.

Further adding to concerns for pedestrian safety is that many pedestrian accident happen while people are walking in areas that are supposed to be “safe.”  As discussed often on this site many people who are hit by vehicles are walking in crosswalks at the time of the accident.  As well, there are many other accidents – some fatal – which happen as a pedestrian is walking on a sidewalk when they are hit by a vehicle that has left the roadway.

One example of a fatal Chicago pedestrian accident that happened after a vehicle left the roadway is seen in the accident that happened Friday night (June 2, 2017) on Chicago’s Northwest Side.  Two vehicles were involved in a collision, after which one vehicle hit two pedestrians.

An excerpt regarding the fatal pedestrian accident, from the Chicago Sun-Times article of June 3, 2017 titled “Pedestrian killed in 2-vehicle crash on Northwest Side“:

One vehicle was westbound just after 9 p.m. in the 4700 block of West Addison when it hit a second vehicle that was turning from Addison onto Keating, according to Chicago Police. The first vehicle then hit two pedestrians before crashing into a building.

One of the pedestrians, 58-year-old Edith Guevara, was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 10:02 p.m., police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. She lived in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood on the Northwest Side. An autopsy Saturday showed she died from multiple blunt force injuries and her death was ruled an accident.

The other pedestrian, identified only as a 54-year-old man, was also taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment of his accident injuries.

The driver of the second vehicle, identified as a 28-year-old woman, was taken to Community First Medical Center for medical treatment.

The driver of the first vehicle was identified as a 65-year-old woman.  She refused medical treatment.  According to Chicago Police, she was cited for  failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failure to keep in a lane.

The Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit continues to perform the accident investigation.

Boy Struck By Vehicle While Walking In Wheeling Crosswalk

Pedestrian accidents continue to be a significant traffic safety concern, due to both the severity of the injuries (some fatal) these accidents typically involve, as well as the increase in such accidents.   Various aspects of pedestrian accidents – including the types of accident injuries that typically occur as well as what you should do if you are hit by a vehicle – are further discussed on the following pages:

As seen in the pedestrian accidents that have been discussed on this site (in posts found under the “pedestrian accidents” category) such accidents in Chicago as well as in the greater Chicago area often happen while the pedestrians are walking in a crosswalk.  This aspect is further discussed on the “Accidents That Happen Within Crosswalks” page.

Another such incident happened yesterday (April 25, 2017). A 12-year-old boy was struck while walking in a crosswalk in Wheeling.  The pedestrian accident happened near Wheeling High School.

An excerpt regarding the accident, as seen in the April 26, 2017 Daily Herald article titled “Boy, 12, struck by vehicle near Wheeling High School“:

The boy was in a crosswalk at the intersection of Hintz Road and Sherwood Drive when a westbound vehicle driven by a 17-year-old struck him about 3:20 p.m., Wheeling Deputy Chief Todd Wolff said Wednesday.

The boy was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was in stable condition.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the boy is 17 years old.  Preliminary crash investigation findings indicate that the driver was neither impaired nor traveling at a high speed at the time of the accident.

The pedestrian accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald article mentioned above as well as the April 26 Deerfield Patch article titled “Boy, 12, Hit by Car Near Wheeling High School.”

Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Chicago’s Chinatown Neighborhood

Pedestrian accidents continue to be a significant traffic safety concern, due to various reasons.  As seen in the pedestrian accidents that have been discussed on this site (in posts found under the “Pedestrian Accidents” category) such accidents in Chicago as well as in the greater Chicago area often involve serious accident injuries, and many of these pedestrian crashes have been fatal.  Due to the harm caused by these accidents, personal injury lawsuits (or, in the case of fatalities, wrongful death lawsuits) are often filed.

Various aspects of pedestrian accidents – including the types of accident injuries that typically occur as well as what you should do if you are hit by a vehicle – are further discussed on the “Cook County Pedestrian Accidents” page.

There was a fatal accident in which a man (Augustin Arroyo, 56, of Markham) was fatally struck by a semi truck in Chicago.  The fatal collision occurred  on Saturday (March 25, 2017) in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood.

An excerpt from the abc7chicago.com article of March 26, 2017 titled “Man, 56, fatally struck by semi in Chinatown“:

Arroyo, of Markham, was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:46 a.m., authorities said. An autopsy Sunday found he died of multiple blunt force injuries, and his death was ruled an accident.

The accident remains under investigation by the Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago pedestrian crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the abc7chicago.com article mentioned above as well as the March 26 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man fatally struck by semi in Chinatown.”

Man And Boy Struck By Pickup Truck In McKinley Park Neighborhood

A 5-year-old boy and 24-year-old man were struck by a pickup truck in Chicago’s McKinley Park neighborhood on Wednesday morning, March 15, 2017.  The man and boy were struck as they were walking across Ashland Avenue at 37th Street.

The pedestrian accident happened at 8:08 a.m.  The accident happened as a Chevy pickup truck was attempting to turn from 37th Street onto Ashland Avenue.

The boy was injured and taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was in critical condition.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the boy, identified as Daniel Solis, 5, of Chicago, was pronounced dead at 5:47 p.m. Friday.

The man suffered minor injuries in the accident but refused medical treatment.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified as a 41-year-old man.

The Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating this pedestrian accident.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 15 dnainfo.com article titled “Boy, 5, Critically Injured After Getting Hit By Pickup At 37th And Ashland” as well as the March 15 fox32chicago.com article titled “5-year-old boy struck, critically injured by pickup on South Side” and the March 19 dnainfo.com article titled “Boy, 5, Dies After Being Hit By Car In McKinley Park.”

Fatal Chicago Pedestrian Accident Increase

Pedestrian accidents continue to be a significant traffic safety concern, due to various reasons.  As seen in the pedestrian accidents that have been discussed on this site (in posts found under the “pedestrian accidents” category) such accidents in Chicago as well as in the greater Chicago area often involve serious accident injuries.  Many such accidents are fatal.  Due to the harm caused by these accidents, lawsuits are often filed to collect accident injury compensation.

Various aspects of pedestrian accidents – including the types of accident injuries that typically occur as well as what you should do if you are hit by a vehicle – are further discussed on the “Cook County Pedestrian Accidents” page.

Pedestrian accidents in which people are struck while walking in a crosswalk continue to be a traffic safety problem in the Chicago metropolitan area as well as nationally.  On this site, there have been many Chicago-area pedestrian accidents – some fatal – in which pedestrians are hit as they walk in crosswalks.

Another source of concern with regard to fatal pedestrian accidents is the increase in their frequency.  This increase is likely due to many reasons, including increasing traffic and congestion as well as driver inattentiveness.

The February 21 dnainfo.com article titled “Surge In Pedestrian Deaths Shows No Sign Of Slowing:  Data.”  The article discusses trends and reasons for the increase in Chicago fatal pedestrian accidents.

Two excerpts:

Fourty-four pedestrians were killed in the city in 2016, up 26 percent from 2014, according to data presented to the mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Nationwide, pedestrian deaths increased approximately 10 percent in 2015, making Chicago’s increase especially troubling, Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld said.

also:

A “significant number” of fatal pedestrian crashes occur in crosswalks — and end with the driver fleeing the scene, Scheinfeld said.

The article also states that such fatal crashes are concentrated in 14 Chicago neighborhoods, which are listed in the article.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Streamwood, Illinois

There was a fatal pedestrian accident Sunday night (February 19, 2017) in Streamwood.  The accident led to the death of a 13-year-old boy.

Police were called to the accident scene at approximately 7:40 p.m.  The accident happened near Irving Park Road and McKool Avenue.  The crash involved a SUV striking the boy as the boy was attempting to cross Irving Park Road from the south.  At that time a Chevrolet Suburban heading eastbound on Irving Park Road struck the boy.  Another person was walking with the boy at the time of the collision.  That person was not injured.

The boy struck, identified as Ronald Guidry, was pronounced dead after being taken to St. Alexius Medical Center.

An excerpt from the February 20, 2017 Chicago Tribune article titled “Streamwood teen hit, killed by SUV“:

The 58-year-old man who was driving the Suburban had received no citations in the collision as of Monday morning, according to police. He was not injured in the crash.

The suburban Serious Traffic Crash Reconstruction team is helping to investigate. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the February 20 Daily Herald article titled “Streamwood teen dies after being hit by SUV.”

Car Hits Girl In Evanston

Pedestrian accidents in which people are struck while walking in a crosswalk continue to be a traffic safety problem in the Chicago metropolitan area as well as elsewhere.  On this site, there have been many Chicago-area pedestrian accidents – some fatal – in which walkers have been struck by vehicles as they walk within crosswalks.

As seen in many Chicago-area pedestrian accidents, there are a wide range of injuries that can occur, and these vary in their severity.  Some of these injuries have been fatal in nature, either immediately (i.e. at the accident scene) or after a period of hospitalization.

The issue of people being hit by vehicles while walking in crosswalks, as well as other aspects of pedestrian accidents, is further discussed on the “Cook County Pedestrian Accidents” page.

There was a pedestrian accident Friday afternoon (February 3, 2017) in Evanston.  According to at least one media source, the accident happened as a girl was walking in a crosswalk.  The accident happened on McCormick Avenue.

The accident is further discussed in the February 3, 2017 Wilmette Patch article titled “Child Hit by Car in Evanston Friday” as well as the February 3 Evanston Now article titled “Child hit by car on McCormick.”

Man Dies After Being Struck In Crosswalk In Chicago’s Avondale Neighborhood

As discussed on this site’s “Cook County Pedestrian Accidents” page, there are a range of injuries that can occur during pedestrian accidents.  Some of these injuries can be fatal in nature, either immediately (i.e. at the accident scene) or after a period of hospitalization.

Another aspect of Chicago pedestrian accidents is that many happen while people are walking in crosswalks.   This aspect is discussed on this site’s “Accidents That Happen Within Pedestrian Accidents” page, as well as seen in individual posts seen listed in the “Pedestrian Accidents” category.  Many of these accidents in crosswalks have led to fatalities.

Another fatal Chicago pedestrian accident happened on Thursday night, January 26, 2017.  The man was walking in a crosswalk at the time he was hit by a car.  This accident happened in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood, which is on the Northwest Side.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened shortly before midnight, and involved a 64-year-old man who was walking across the street in a crosswalk.

The car that struck the man was driven by a 31-year-old man, who had been driving eastbound on Melrose Street.  He hit the man while making a left-hand turn from a stop sign while attempting to go onto North Pulaski Road.

The pedestrian was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.

An excerpt from the January 27, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Cops:  Man, 64, fatally hit by car while crossing Avondale street“:

The driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian, police said. CPD’s Major Accident Investigation Unit is handling the case.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above as well as the January 27 CBS Chicago article titled “Man, 64, Fatally Hit By Car While Crossing Avondale street.”