Niles, IL (June 17, 2024) – An elderly pedestrian was killed in a north suburban crash on Sunday morning, police said.

Niles police said officers were dispatched to a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian at North Milwaukee Avenue and North Maryland Street just before 8:40 a.m. A 66-year-old Northbrook man was driving a 2017 Toyota RAV4 southeast-bound in the curb lane of Milwaukee Avenue when his vehicle struck the pedestrian, an 86-year-old Niles man who was crossing the same street from west to east.

The Niles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian to Lutheran General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just after 9:00 a.m. Milwaukee Avenue and Maryland Street were closed in both directions on Sunday afternoon while the Niles Police Department and the Major Crash Assistance Team investigated. No further information about the crash was immediately available as police continued investigating.

We offer our deepest condolences to the deceased man’s family.

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Illinois

Although Chicago is one of the few truly walkable metropolises in our country, pedestrians continue to encounter danger on its thoroughfares. Based on preliminary data, local authorities estimate that the number of pedestrian fatalities in traffic collisions over the past year may have peaked at its highest level in half a century.

Unfortunately, nearly 200 pedestrians died in recent vehicle collisions, representing an increase of more than 20% compared to the previous year. And notably, 40% of fatal pedestrian collisions were caused by hit-and-runs. In comparison, 80% of severe and fatal pedestrian incidents transpired in Chicago alone, near an intersection of 125 feet or less. Of course, victims must obtain immediate legal counsel from a qualified Niles-area pedestrian accident attorney if they or a family member has been injured in a collision.

The Romaker Law Firm’s staff is prepared to advocate for justice for you and your family after a pedestrian collision. Insurance companies will attempt to minimize the amount of money you are owed by capitalizing on your crash. Fortunately, you can schedule a free consultation with our Chicago-area auto accident attorneys at the Romaker Law Firm today. For over two decades, we have assisted Illinois state citizens and Chicago residents in obtaining the just compensation they require to cover their losses following a collision. Contact our experienced car accident lawyers in Chicago at 312-377-7000 to learn more about your options and how to move forward with your life after a major accident has affected you and yours.

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