2012 fatality stats*:
Inspired by Ted Rogers’s blog, Biking In LA, and with a desire to give respect to the people who’ve died while walking, cycling, or using transit, I’ll be attempting to track these traffic fatalities. This is the first post of 2012.
It happened Thursday, February 9, 2012, on 95th Street near Cottage Grove Avenue. Here’s an article from the Chicago Tribune:
Bernard Donald, 58, and Loretta Press, 35, both died from injuries suffered when they were hit by the car, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Prosecutors said [Davon] Hall  was driving 80 to 90 mph while in a 30 mph zone, said Assistant State’s Attorney Aileen Bhandari. Hall tested positive for marijuana and had a blood alcohol level of 0.10 percent, which is above the legal limit of 0.08 percent, Bhandari said.
Hall was also cited for driving on a suspended license, failure to reduce speed, and for not exercising “due care” to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
The motorist emerged from a garage with his hands up and told officers: “I made a mistake; I fled the scene. They jumped out right in front of my car,” according to an arrest report.
Yes, that’s exactly what the victims did – they jumped in front of you while you were driving 80+ MPH. Bail was set at $400,000. It was a hit and run. Another one to keep Chicago’s status as a top hit and run city. I mentioned in an article the day before this crash that pedestrians hit at 30 MPH have an 80% chance of survival, but hit at 40 MPH have a 30% chance of survival. The chances of survival decrease as speed increases.
There’s a way to control speed without using speed cameras, without using traffic police, and without using governors on car engines: traffic speed can be controlled by street design.
I’ll try my best to stay updated on this story as it goes to trial (assuming it does go to trial). The driver will likely get off easy as the charges are very mild.
View larger Street View map – I can’t be certain this is where they crossed.
* The information is only accurate as of this post’s publishing time.