Park Manor Car Crash Leads To Two Fatalities

A Park Manor car crash that occurred Thursday (April 16, 2020) night led to the death of a girl and a man.  Additionally, a woman was critically injured.

According to Chicago Police, this Park Manor car crash occurred at approximately 10:45 p.m. and involved a collision between a SUV and a car.

An excerpt concerning the collision, from the April 17, 2020 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Park Manor crash:  2 killed, including 14-year old girl“:

The man was driving a Chevrolet Avalanche SUV about 10:45 p.m. in the 6900 block of South State Street when he ran a red light and struck a Toyota sedan trying to make a left turn, Chicago police said.

The man, identified as 56-year-old Kenneth Gunn of Marquette Park, died at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The occupants of the Toyota sedan included a 41-year-old woman and a 14-year-old girl.  The girl, identified as Abigail Rogel, was declared dead after being taken to University of Chicago Medical Center.

The woman was also taken to University of Chicago Medical Center for treatment of her accident injuries.  She was reported to be in critical condition.

This Park Manor car crash is under investigation by the Chicago Police Department Major Accident Investigation Unit.

Fatal crashes which occur due to a vehicle “running a red light” have been increasing, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.  As seen in their August 29, 2020 news release titled “Red Light Running Deaths Hit 10 Year High,” in 2017 939 people were killed in red light running crashes.

The news release gives tips to both drivers as to how avoid running red lights, as well as how other road users can avoid being involved in a collision caused by a driver going through a red light.  These other road users include motorists and passengers, as well as bicyclists and pedestrians.  According to the statistics seen in the media release, the majority of those killed due to a driver going through a red light are not in the vehicle that ran through the red light.


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