Fatal Oak Park Pedestrian Accident Near Pleasant Street and Scoville Avenue

As often discussed on this site, many serious pedestrian accidents have occurred while people were walking in crosswalks or otherwise lawfully walking across intersections.  While crosswalks and traffic control devices are supposed to provide a method of safe passage for walkers, in many instances accidents nonetheless occur.  Unfortunately, many people have been killed in the Chicago area while they were lawfully walking across the street.

There was a fatal Oak Park pedestrian accident Thursday (December 26, 2019) morning.  The pedestrian, identified as Karen Daniel, 62, of Oak Park, died at the accident scene after being hit by a pickup truck.  The accident occurred near the intersection of Pleasant Street and Scoville Avenue.  At the time of the incident, Daniel was walking her dog.

This Oak Park pedestrian accident is discussed in a variety of media sources.  Both the December 27, 2019 Chicago Tribune article titled “Prominent attorney Karen Daniel, who led Northwestern’s wrongful convictions unit, is struck and killed by vehicle in Oak Park” and a similar December 27 Chicago Sun-Times article provide an account of the accident and remembrances.

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article:

Daniel died Thursday morning in Oak Park after she was struck by a vehicle while walking with her dog near the intersection of Pleasant Street and Scoville Avenue, according to Oak Park police. She died at the scene, police said. She was 62.

The driver, a 63-year-old man, was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failure to yield to a pedestrian, police said. He passed a field sobriety test. The driver, who was turning left across a crosswalk at the intersection, may not have seen Daniel because of the sun, according to an account relayed to Daniel’s family.

The accident investigation is continuing.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Oak Park pedestrian accident can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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