Police say a 60-year-old Evanston woman has died at Evanston Hospital after she was struck by a car last night.
The accident happened about 7 p.m. at the intersection of Lake Street and Oak Avenue, just south of downtown Evanston.
Police say the regional Major Crash Assistance Team and the Evanston police Traffic Bureau are investigating the accident. So far no citations or charges have been issued.
Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says the driver of the car that hit the victim — a 56-year-old woman from Skokie — told poice she had was traveling eastbound on Lake Street and stopped at the intersection. After a car crossed the intersection northbound on Oak, the driver said, she started up again, but didn’t see the pedestrian until the impact.
Parrott says there were no initial indications that the driver was impaired or distracted and that police are attempting to determine whether the pedestrian was in the crosswalk when she was hit.
The victim’s identity has not been released, pending notification of relatives.
Need better lighting at that intersection
We need better lighting at that intersection! I've noticed pedestrians just in the nick of time at that exact intersection. In downtown Evanston – there's much better lighting & there's an expectation to look for pedestrians, but this intersection is away from downtown so drivers don't expect to see someone, plus, again, it's very dark there!
I don't know about that location. But lots of evenings when I walk the dog I notice that many of the street lights are blocked because treebranches around them haven't been trimmed. In winter months when the temperature drops, it seems the lights get dim.
I was there. Very confused what had happened at first. But scary, all the Same.
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