The Chicago area car vs. pedestrian accident occurred in the area of Southwest Highway and Route 83. The elderly woman was taken by ambulance to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn were she was pronounced dead a short time later.
The accident occurred as the victim was going to her mailbox at her housing complex. At that time she was struck by an 80-year-old neighbor who was driving a Dodge Caravan. The elderly driver, who lives in the same housing complex, did not see the pedestrian walking. Both the driver and the pedestrian reside at Edelweiss on the Lake.
The pedestrian was reportedly found underneath the minivan. The results of an autopsy on Saturday showed the victim died of multiple injuries sustained in the collision . Her death is been ruled an accident. The Palos Park Police Department is handling the crash investigation.
Our Chicago pedestrian accident lawyers would like to remind you that as winter weather arrives in Northern Illinois, drivers have to be very diligent in keeping a lookout for pedestrians and bicyclists. It is dark out for the evening rush-hour, and when you add bad winter weather to the equation it can create dangerous conditions.
According to IDOT, in 2009 111 pedestrians were killed and over 5,000 were injured in the state of Illinois. Nearly 21% of those pedestrians killed were age 65 or older.