Gage Park, Chicago crash: Pedestrian hit by car, killed in 200 block of West 51st Street ID’d as Luis Martinez Ortiz

Gage Park, Chicago crash: Pedestrian hit by car, killed in 200 block of West 51st Street ID’d as Luis Martinez Ortiz

CHICAGO (TOC) — A pedestrian was struck and killed in a Southwest Aspect crash early Saturday morning, Chicago police mentioned.

The crash occurred within the Gage Park neighborhood’s 3200 block of West 51st Avenue at about 4:16 a.m., police mentioned.

Neighbors spoke to ABC7 however did not wish to present their faces on digital camera. They mentioned they awoke to a flurry of first responders.

“I could not sleep and I simply heard a [sound], actually, actually loud. I immediately got here outdoors operating,” a neighbor mentioned.

A person was crossing the road when the driving force of a Lincoln sedan struck him, CPD mentioned. The sufferer was pronounced lifeless on the scene.

The health worker later recognized the sufferer as 54-year-old Luis Martinez Ortiz

“My neighbors have been popping out and we have been like, ‘what occurred?’ We could not see something, we simply noticed a crash over there,” a neighbor mentioned. “It’s extremely upsetting, very traumatic. I really feel for everyone’s’ household.”

Police mentioned the crash seems to be alcohol-related and positioned the driving force into custody.

“The motive force simply appeared nervous. He was very scared” the neighbor mentioned “Accidents occur you realize? However, he killed anyone.”

Neighbors mentioned that after the driving force struck the person, he slammed into a close-by parked automobile and in the end by way of the fence of a house close to 51st and South Sawyer.

“I got here outdoors and I discovered that the neighbor’s automobile and one other automobile have been within the fence. I imply, actually within the neighbor’s fence,” mentioned a Gage Park resident.

This lady mentioned drivers ceaselessly race down 51st Avenue, including that extra must be achieved to encourage drivers to decelerate.

“I believe they want extra cameras right here, possibly velocity bumps, one thing,” a neighbor mentioned. “It is dangerous sufficient that we reside within the time we live in, however this should not occur for a younger life to be killed like this senselessly.”

The Chicago Police Division’s Main Accidents Unit is investigating the incident.

Police mentioned the driving force has not but been charged.

The video within the participant above is from a earlier report.

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