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Fatal Pedestrian Accident In West Englewood At Damen Avenue And 71st Street

There was a fatal pedestrian accident Thursday evening (April 19, 2018) in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood.  The accident led to the death of a young boy as well as injuries to his aunt that was walking with him at the time.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened on Damen Avenue at 71st Street.  At approximately 6:00 p.m., the young boy and his aunt were walking across the street (Damon Avenue) in the crosswalk when a minivan struck both the aunt and the boy.  At the time the minivan was making a left-hand turn onto Damen Avenue.  It is unclear as to whether the minivan had a green turn arrow at the time of the accident.

A surveillance video captured the accident and the traumatic collision.  That surveillance video can be found in the April 19 NBC Chicago article titled “3-Year-Old Boy Struck By Vehicle, Critically Hurt:  Cops.”

An excerpt regarding the collision, from the April 20 Chicago Tribune article titled “Video shows boy, 2, struck and killed by van while walking with aunt in West Englewood“:

The aunt flies into the street but it appears the wheels of the van ran over the boy. The aunt gets up and runs to Kiare and picks him up as a man on the sidewalks rushes up to help.

At the time of the collision both the boy and his aunt were nearly halfway across the street.

The boy was identified as Kiare Woods.  He was taken to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was in critical condition.  He later died.

There appears to be conflicting information concerning his age, which ranges from 2-4 years old.

His aunt was also injured and taken to the hospital.  She may have injured her arm.

An excerpt from the April 20 article titled “Boy, 2, fatally struck by minivan in West Englewood; 69-year-old woman cited“:

The 69-year-old female driver was issued two citations for failure to exercise due care to a pedestrian in the roadway.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including those mentioned above.


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