Looking north at California and Granville.
2012 Chicago fatality stats*:
Pedestrian: 13 (6 have been hit-and-run crashes)
Pedalcyclist: 4 (1 is a hit-and-run crash)
During the evening rush hour on Monday, Ilchwa Abraham, an 84-year-old woman, died in a crash as she tried to walk across a street in West Rogers Park. Following the deaths of Eric Kerestes and Kenneth Collins, both slain by drivers who lost control of their vehicles and hopped curbs last week, Abraham is the third person killed by a car in Chicago in seven days.
Around 5 PM Abraham, who lived on the 6700 block of North California Avenue, was walking west across California at Granville Avenue near an Aldi food store, when a Kia Sedona minivan, driven by a 50-year-old woman, struck the senior. Although the Chicago Tribune reported yesterday morning that police said Abraham was walking in a crosswalk, Police News Affairs told me later that morning that the senior stepped out into the roadway from between two parked vehicles. .
A Chicago Fire Department ambulance transported Abraham to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where she was pronounced dead at 5:50 pm. An autopsy was scheduled to take place yesterday. The driver remained at the scene of the crash. She has not been charged with any violation, pending the results of an investigation by the police department’s Major Accident Investigation Unit.
* The information is only accurate as of this post’s publishing time and includes only people who died in the Chicago city limits. View previous Fatality Tracker posts.