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Chicago Pays $300,000 in Woman’s Traffic Death

The family of a 69-year-old woman run over and killed in a dangerous mid-block crosswalk by a Chicago firefighter driving too fast for the raining conditions received a $700,000 settlement by a City Council committee. The woman was crossing South Chicago Avenue when she was hit by a two-day-old Ford Expedition carrying the Fire Department’s 6th District deputy chief and his driver. The accident occurred two years ago on the 9200 block of South Chicago. The woman was dressed in dark clothing when she stepped off the center median and into the path of the SUV, which was not on an emergency call and did not have its emergency lights or sirens activated. The crosswalk has blinking lights, but they were not working at the time of the accident. City traffic engineers examined the crosswalk after the accident for possible safety improvements. Chicago Fire Department officials had insisted that the SUV was driving at or below the posted speed limit and the senior stepped right into the path of the oncoming vehicle. To read the full story, click here.