Vehicle Collides With Chicago Police Car On Chicago’s South Side

There was a vehicle accident last night (June 4) in Chicago’s Gresham neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.

The accident happened at approximately 9:30 p.m., and involved a vehicle that struck a Chicago Police car that was responding to a call.

At the time of the accident, the police car was traveling north on South Racine Avenue, and the other vehicle was traveling west on West 79th Street.

The Chicago Police car had its lights and sirens active at the time of the accident.  During the course of the accident, the police car was upended and landed on its side.

Four people, including the two Chicago Police officers, were injured during the accident, and taken to local hospitals.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the Chicago Police car has been identified as Kristy Jenkins, 34, of Chicago.  She was cited with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, failure to reduce speed, and damage to city property, according to the Chicago Police Department.

There was also a third vehicle involved; it was sideswiped and its driver was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the June 5 Chicago Tribune article titled “2 cops, 2 others injured in South Side crash” as well as the June 5 abc7chicago.com titled “Police car crash hurts 2 cops, 4 others.”

Dan Ryan Expressway Accident Injures Three People

There was a vehicle accident this morning on the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94) at 71st Street.  The accident happened at approximately 8:40 a.m.

There appears to be few other details concerning the accident.

However, it is being reported that the accident  injured three people, who were taken to area hospitals.  A fourth person involved in the accident refused treatment.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the June 2 CBS Chicago article titled “Three Injured in Dan Ryan Crash” as well as the June 2 Chicago Tribune article titled “3 injured in crash on Dan Ryan Expressway.”

New Pedestrian Experiment At State Street and Jackson Boulevard in Chicago

Today (May 31) began a test program at the intersection of State Street and Jackson Blvd. in Chicago that allowed people to walk diagonally across the intersection during a preset interval.

The changes in this new pedestrian crossing pattern, called the “pedestrian scramble” (or alternately as the “Barnes Dance”)  are supposed to make the intersection safer for pedestrians and easier for traffic.

According to a Chicago Tribune article of today, titled “Loop intersection begins test of ‘pedestrian scramble’” :

The test involves stopping all vehicles — heading east on Jackson and north and south on State — for 35 seconds every third traffic light cycle to let pedestrians cross in all directions, including diagonally.

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About 3,000 vehicle crashes involving pedestrians, causing several dozen pedestrian deaths, occur in Chicago each year, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. The city’s pedestrian plan calls for reducing crash-related pedestrian injuries by 50 percent.

According to media sources, this idea of allow pedestrians six ways to cross an intersection is not a new one; however, it is new to the U.S.  According to a CBS Chicago article of May 31, titled “Loop Intersection Gets ‘Barnes Dance’ In Effort To Reduce Congestion” :

The pilot program – already proven a success in Denver, Baltimore and New York City – lets pedestrians have the whole intersection for 35 seconds, and then gives drivers their chance.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Chicago Tribune and CBS Chicago articles mentioned above.

Bicyclist Killed On North Clybourn Avenue In Chicago

A bicyclist was killed Wednesday night in the 1300 block of North Clybourn Avenue in Chicago.

Details on the accident appear limited at this time.

However, it is being widely reported that the bicyclist was riding on North Clybourn Avenue at approximately 6:35 p.m. when he was struck by a southbound Mercedes sedan.

The bicyclist, identified as Robert “Bobby” Cann, 26, of Chicago, was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night.

It is being reported that multiple bystanders attempted to assist Cann at the accident scene.

Additional details, possible updates, and remembrances can be seen in a variety of media sources including the May 31 Chicago Tribune article titled “Driver questioned in death of bicyclist hit by car,” the May 31 DNAInfo.com article titled “Friends, Cyclists Memorialize Bobby Cann at Crash Site” and the May 30 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police question motorist in River North crash that killed ‘enthusiastic’ bicyclist.”

Man Dies After Being Struck By Taxi On Cicero Avenue

Last night (May 27) there was a fatal pedestrian accident on Cicero Avenue near Chicago’s Midway Airport, involving a taxicab hitting a man.

The accident happened at approximately 11:30 p.m., as the taxi was heading southbound on Cicero.  The man stepped onto the street and was struck on Cicero just south of Archer Avenue.  The man was not in a crosswalk at the time of the accident.

No citations have been issued to the cab driver.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 28 NBC Chicago article titled “Man Struck, Killed By Taxi Near Midway” as well as the DNAInfo.com article of May 28 titled “Man Hit, Killed By Cab Near Midway Airport.”

Fatal Shooting After Car Accident On Chicago’s Near North Side

There was a traffic accident that led to a shooting early this morning on Chicago’s Near North Side, according to Chicago Police.  The car accident and subsequent shooting, which some media accounts have attributed to “road rage,”  happened in the 1000 block of North Branch Street.

The shooting occurred at approximately 2:50 a.m., after an accident in which a Buick LaCrosse sideswiped a Maserati.

The driver of the Maserati, Charles Jones, 42, as well as the 44-year-old female passenger, were shot by an occupant of the LaCrosse.  Both were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where Jones was pronounced dead at 3:33 a.m.  The female passenger was said to be in stable condition.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the May 26 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Gentleman’s club manager shot, killed after car crash in Goose Island area:  police” as well as the May 26 Chicago Tribune article titled “3 dead, 3 wounded in separate shootings on North, South Sides.”

Fatal Motorcycle Accident On Chicago’s South Side

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Friday night on Chicago’s South Side.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 9:15 p.m., as a motorcyclist was heading south on Western Avenue.  The motorcycle hit a curb in the 7600 block of South Western Avenue, causing a loss of control.  The motorcycle then struck a light pole after leaving the roadway.

The motorcyclist has been identified as Robert Poindexter, 32, of Chicago.  He was declared dead at the accident scene.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the May 25 Chicago Tribune article titled “Southwest Side man killed in motorcycle crash” as well as the May 25 CBS Chicago article titled “Motorcyclist Dies After South Side Crash.”

Two Pedestrians Hit By Car On Ontario Street

Two pedestrians were struck by a car in Chicago’s River North area on Thursday night, May 23.  The man who struck them has been cited for DUI.

The women were crossing Ontario, between LaSalle and Wells, when they were hit by a car heading westbound on Ontario at approximately 10:10 p.m.

The two women injured, both 26 years old, were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and are reported to be in stable condition.

The driver who hit them has been identified as Michael Lapato, 26, of Lisle.  According to the Chicago Police Department, he has been charged with DUI, negligent driving, failure to reduce speed, and failure to yield to pedestrians.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the May 24 Chicago Tribune article titled “BMW driver cited for DUI after hitting 2 women in River North” as well as the May 24 DNAInfo.com article titled “Drunken Driver Hits Two Pedestrians in River North, Police Say.”

Freight Train Collides With Semi Truck In Barrington, Illinois

A multi-vehicle accident happened Thursday night in Barrington, Illinois when a Canadian National freight train hit a semi truck.  Four additional vehicle were also involved following the initial collision between the train and truck.

According to Barrington Police, the accident happened on Route 14 just before 6:00 p.m., as the truck was heading west.  It is being reported that the truck did not clear the tracks prior to the arrival of the train, and the collision occurred.

According to the Barrington Fire Department, two people were taken to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.  Both had nonlife-threatening injuries.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the May 24 Lake County News-Sun article titled “No serious injuries despite train, truck, 4-car pileup in Barrington” as well as the May 23 Northwest Herald article titled “Freight train hits semitrailer in Barrington.”

Car Accident On Kennedy Expressway (I-90) Near Armitage

There was a car accident on the Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90) near Armitage this morning (May 19).  The accident, which happened at approximately 10:44 a.m., was in the outbound lanes.

Details on the accident and its causes appear limited at this time.

It is being widely reported that at least two cars were involved, and at least four people were injured during the traffic accident.

Among those injured were three taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, in serious to critical condition, and one taken to Saint Mary Hospital, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the May 19 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “3 hurt in Kennedy crash” as well as the May 19 Chicago Tribune article titled “4 injured in crash on I-90 at Armitage.”