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.