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One Dead, Five Injured in Chicago Pedestrian Accident

Lucrecia Guerra2 years ago

On July 30, a man crashed into pedestrians and multiple parked cars in Chicago's Edgewater Beach neighborhood, resulting in one dead and five people injured, as reported in the Chicago Tribune.

About Fatal Pedestrian Accident

According to the police, the accident happened at the intersection of Sheridan and Balmoral Avenue at approximately 11:15 a.m. A driver, indentified as a  58-year-old man, passed several cars waiting for a red light before attempting to pass a CTA bus on the right side.

The driver hit two pedestrians, who were in the process of loading groceries in their car when the accident happened. The man's vehicle also set off a chain-reaction that caused damage to four other vehicles parked on the side of the road.

A 71-year-old pedestrian victim died at the accident scene. Four additional people were also injured. Three victims were taken to the Memorial Hospital, and the fourth victim was taken to the Swedish Covenant Hospital. Reports indicate all four of the injured pedestrians were treated and released from the hospital. The driver was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he remains with critical conditions. According to the police, charges of driving recklessly are pending against the driver. 

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012:

  • 4,743 pedestrians were killed and roughly 76,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes in the U.S.
  • That year, pedestrian fatalities accounted for 14 percent of all traffic-related deaths; pedestrian injuries accounted for 3 percent of all traffic injuries.
  • Between 2011 and 2012, pedestrian fatalities increased by 6 percent.


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