On Tuesday night a woman, Justyna Palka, was struck and killed by a tour bus in the Streeterville area in downtown Chicago.
According to a May 4 story in the Chicago Tribune, titled “Woman killed by bus was ‘a really smart girl, a really creative girl'”, Palka, 26, was walking in a crosswalk on Columbus Drive at Illinois Street – with the light and therefore the right-of-way – when the bus turned into the intersection and hit her at about 6:50 p.m., police said.
Witnesses and other pedestrians tried to stop traffic while a person in hospital attire tried to resuscitate Palka.
According to a witness, after the bus hit the girl, the bus driver got out of the bus. According to a witness, the bus driver “was shaken up,” as it appeared the bus driver may not have seen the girl.
According to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Joe Roccasalva, Palka was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition. She was pronounced dead at 7:04 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The driver remained in custody this afternoon but no charges have been announced.
According to Justyna Palka’s personal Web site, she was born in Krakow, Poland and grew up in Dortmund, Germany. She moved to the United States in 2005. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute in 2009 with a bachelor’s in fine arts with a concentration in visual communication.
According to Jack Rooney, the president of Ogilvy & Mather, Chicago, Palka worked as an art director and graphic designer at the firm.