May 13, 2019 By Meghan Sackman
A car crashed into a pedestrian crossing Northern Boulevard on Friday night and the victim remains in critical condition.
The victim, a 50-year-old man, was hit while crossing Northern Boulevard at 87th Street at around 10:10 p.m. on Friday, police say.
The pedestrian was in the middle of the block, according to police, when a 2017 Toyota Prius, operated by a 45-year-old man, slammed into him.
EMS arrived on scene to find the victim lying on the street with severe head trauma. He was rushed to Elmhurst hospital in critical condition.
The driver remained on scene and was uninjured. No charges were immediately filed and the investigation remains ongoing.
This corridor has proven to be dangerous to pedestrians, and the city is undertaking a Vision Zero redesign of the stretch to help prevent roadway deaths.
Four people were killed by cars crossing Northern Blvd. in 2018, according to the DOT.
northern blvd has an issue with cars speeding at certain times of day when it isn’t as crowded. the pedestrian islands is a nice addition, but there needs to be some sort of barrier around those islands to help protect the pedestrians waiting.
Vision Zero is not working,
More needs to be done
The article states that the man was in the middle of the block. He was jaywalking at 10:10 p.m. in the dark. How is that the car driver’s fault?
They dont specify in this article, but other articles have stated that the victim was on a pedestrian island when he was hit by a car. Whether or not he had the light when he stepped off the island is a different story.
The Islands are not helpful. They clog the Blvd and they are dirty. The turn lights don’t help. The drivers speed to make the light. Northern Blvd. is very busy. Too many people are double parking. They should be issued tickets & towed.