Photo by Drew Baker.
2012 Chicago fatality stats*:
Pedestrian: 7 (5 have been from hit-and-run crashes, 1 was struck by a train, and the 7th is described here)
I wonder if this kind of crash would have been prevented if curbs were taller. From the Chicago Tribune:
A 63-year-old woman died after getting pinned against a currency exchange wall by a car whose driver accidentally stepped on the gas instead of the brake, police said.
[Carol Divincenzo] was hit at the corner of 67th Street and Pulaski Road about 9:25 p.m., police said. [67th Street is also known as Marquette Road.]
The driver, also a woman in her 60s, is in custody but not expected to face criminal charges, police said. She may be cited for not having insurance and striking a pedestrian but police said she was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
* 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.