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Pedestrian hit on Sheridan dies

Northwestern University business school employees are mourning the loss of one of their own, after learning today that Mavis Sotnick, who was struck by a car less than three weeks ago, died Wednesday night.

Northwestern University business school employees are mourning the loss of one of their own, after learning today that Mavis Sotnick, who was struck by a car less than three weeks ago, died Wednesday night.

Sotnick was hit on Oct. 27 while crossing Sheridan Road near Foster Street on her way home. Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther confirmed that Sotnick died at Evanston Hospital. The police have not release name of the driver of the car involved in the collision.

Police did not issue Sotnick or the driver a citation. “No law was broken with the driver, and the officers had the option to give a citation or not,” Guenther said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner is continuing to investigate the accident.

Sotnick, who had worked at the Kellogg School of Management since 1995, acted as a concierge at the Jacobs Center. Kellogg Interim Dean Sunil Chopra informed students and staff of her death.

Carole Cahill, associate dean of facilities and human resources, said Sotnick was an essential part of Kellogg. Cahill described her as a vibrant person who championed the school.

"She told me the night of the accident ‘Can you believe I’ve been here for years and I love it more everyday,’” Cahill said.

Within two days after the accident the school received about 200 sympathy cards for Sotnick. Once Sotnick’s family contacts the school, Cahill said staff would then decide on how to celebrate her life.

She was admired at home as well. Neighbor Ethan Lewis said many people in the apartment complex knew Sotnick and her beagle Mason.

Sotnick’s accident sparked heightened concern for pedestrian safety in Evanston.

Alderman Mark Tendam called the situation tragic. He said the city is working to improve pedestrian safety; he’s already met with people to look at safety measures.

“Unfortunately this happened before those were put in place,” he said.

Reporter Liz Cazares is a student in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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