Dangers Faced By Pedestrians In Chicago

On September 13, there was a blog post titled “Pedestrian Safety In Chicago.” The post cited various statistics and findings regarding pedestrian accidents in the Chicago area.

One finding of the report was the hazard pedestrians face even when they are walking within crosswalks or otherwise crossing the street “with the light.”

Unfortunately, this facet has been reinforced with a pedestrian accident that occurred Tuesday afternoon, in which a woman in a motorized wheelchair was struck and killed in a crosswalk by a cement mixer on Chicago’s South Side.

From an October 11 Fox Chicago article on the accident titled “Chicago Woman in Wheelchair Run Over, Killed” :

A south suburban Glenwood man driving a cement truck was cited for negligent driving for blowing a stop sign, fatally striking a woman in a motorized wheel chair Tuesday afternoon on the South Side.

About 3:30 p.m. in the 300 block of West 39th Street, an eastbound cement truck blew a stop sign and struck the woman — identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Joyce Thomas — according to a police News Affairs statement.


She was in the crosswalk in a motorized wheelchair when the wreck occured, police said.

Michael Carter, 31, of North Wabash Street in Glenwood, was cited for negligent driving, striking a pedestrian in the roadway, and failure to stop at a stop sign, the statement said.

Additional information and possible updates can be found in the above-referenced Fox Chicago story as well as the October 12 Chicago Tribune story titled “Woman in wheelchair struck, killed by cement truck.”

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