Update 8:40 a.m.: Evanston police says a passenger in a car that rolled over on Dodge Avenue early this morning has died and the car’s driver is hospitalized.

The NORTAF major crash assistance team truck was on the scene.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the car that rolled over was apparently heading north of Dodge from Church Street when the driver lost control and hit several parked cars before her vehicle rolled over near Lyons Street.


Neighbors look out from a porch at the row of parked cars struck by the car that rolled over.

A child’s toy on the pavement amid the crash debris.

Dugan says the driver and passenger were taken to Evanston hospital, where the passenger, age 45, was pronounced dead.

One of the parked cars damaged in the rollover crash.

Dugan says the accident happened at 2:19 a.m.

Update 9:21 a.m.: Dodge Avenue has now been reopened to traffic.

Update 12:21 p.m.: The dead man now has been identified as Lamart Bailey, 45, an Evanston resident and U.S. Army veteran. Police say had been trapped in the overturned 1998 Nissan and had to be extricated from the car by the fire department. He was transported to Evanston Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver, 42, also an Evanston resident, now is reported in serious but stable condition at Evanston Hospital

After the car went out of control, it reportedly struck as many as nine cars parked on both sides of the street.

Officers from the Evanston Police Department’s Traffic Bureau, assisted by the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force / Major Crash Assistance Team, are investigating the crash. Police say they don’t know yet whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Poor Policing
    Several young men attempted to lift the vehicle off of the deceased when local law enforcement made them get away from the vehicle . This victim could have probably been saved if not for the actions of local law enforcement,yet we wonder why there is such a discord between this community and local law enforcement.

    1. Poor? Not

      I believe that is what first responders always do……cars in accidents frequently blow up and cause more tragedy…..citizens are told to stay clear of the vehicle(s), and let the professionsals take over once they get there.  


    2. Doubt it
      I was outside at the scene and i doubt they would have been able to do it. The police were just doing their jobs and clearing it for the firefighters to pull him out. May he rest in peace

    3. Wow…its one thing to blame

      Wow…its one thing to blame the police for violence, alleged profiling or whatever the Carolyn Murray attention grabbers can whine about and try and connect to race. But this? Really? The drunk, high criminals that were out at 3 in the morning trying to lift a car? They were helping and the police are to blame for stopping them? You and society are so warped in your thinking it's crazy. I won't list all the reasons that a bunch of "dudes" moving a car with a crash victim in it is a bad idea…hey wait, it's cloudy today…clearly the police are to blame!!

      1. Quick to Judge

        Lyn , how ironic we call those that attempted to help do something Carolyn Murray attention grabbers or whiners or whatever you chose to call them. Yet we don't call the countless number of drunk Northwesten students that tie up  countless city resources crimminals. Remind me not to get stuck in the gate of your llittle closed community,I wouldn't want to have to worry about getting rescued by some crimminal student.

    4. Barry



      Is your theory that the police tried to hinder the rescuing of this man? Do you think that possibly the victim was trapped in IN the car, and not UNDER it, and that they moved bystanders away from the scene to allow the firemen to do their job and prevent any others from being injured?

      The police work very hard and your comments are both misguided and unfair.




    5. Another possibility

      My sympathy to the family and loved ones of Mr. Bailey, the man who died.

      Barry, let's look at the situation that the police came upon:

      The accident occurred at about 2:20 a.m. so it was dark outside.

      The car was in the roadway, upside down, possibly leaking fuel.

      The car weighs in excess of 3,000 pounds.

      Mr. Bailey was likely severely injured in the collisions and rollover.

      Even if the car was lifted somehow, Mr. Bailey would need to have been removed from the tangled wreckage.

      Is it possible that having young men in the roadway in the dark after 2 a.m. with the car (weighing at least 3,000 pounds) upside down (and possibly leaking fuel), attempting to lift that weight and then attempting to extricate Mr. Bailey in his injured condition, might not have been the best way to proceed when attempting to save Mr. Bailey's life and keep others out of harm's way?


    6. First off Barry the victim

      First off Barry the victim was not trapped under the car he was trapped inside the car, so it would have made no difference if the guys who were lifting the car were able to pick it up somehow or role it over. Second here is a physics lesson for you, had the victim been trapped underneath the car the guys lifting the car would have crushed him further because they were lifting the car from the rear putting all of the weight and force of the car on the victim since he was in the front.  The cops did the right thing by getting them away from the car. next time also maybe the crowd can learn to stay out of the way instead of bum rushing the firemen while they are trying to save a life and stop trying to pick fights with the police and just stay out of the way.

      1. First off I was very near the
        First off I was very near the accident and though I don’t blame the police the people who were on the scene were there before the first police vehicle arrived , so initially they weren’t in the way they were there first and he had to be cut out of the vehicle and was dead at the scene. RIH LAMART.

  2. Accidents on Our Streets
    I am so very sorry to read this story. I only wish more of the commenters here were having the conversation around just how out of control speeding in south and west Evanston actually is. We are having more roll-over vehicle accidents recently and we really should ask ourselves why we are going fast enough to roll a vehicle over in highly populated areas. So that you, your family or any innocent bystander doesn’t have to bear the pain of an accident, please slow down and obey our speed limits. They are there for a reason… so that you and any innocent bystander can be safe for the speed deemed safe on the street where you are traveling. Ridge, Asbury, Dodge, Oakton, Main and Dempster are streets where residents complain regularly about speeding…. please bring sanity back to our streets by slowing down. It could make all the difference in the world… it could save lives.

    1. Accident on dodge
      Well…after reading that the driver was intoxicated,and had no insurance…I hope they throw the book at her…not to mention lawsuits, and claims for all the destroyed vehicles……and, the poor guy’s family is, I’m sure, devastated. Hopefully she will never get behind the wheel of a car again, but we all know how that goes…..there are WAY too many accidents and repeaters who don’t care that they are the awful expense of others.

    2. speeding

      I don't think that changing the speed limit would matter to a drunk driver…but perhaps more speed bumps to slow people down?   Just a thought…..that's a busy street….

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