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.
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.