A 39-year-old Forest Park woman was struck and killed by a car in the morning of Sept. 14 while crossing Madison Street, apparently on her way to Starbucks before work.
Lovie Sanders, who lived in the 800 block of Ferdinand Avenue according to her driver’s license, had parked her car near 7233 Madison Street, about 25 feet west of Elgin Avenue.
As Sanders proceeded to cross the street towards Starbucks, she walked in between two east-bound cars stopped in traffic. She was not in a pedestrian crosswalk, police said.
At the time, “traffic on Madison, due to the morning rush hour, was backed up all the way to Marengo,” said Police Chief Jim Ryan.
As Sanders was walking in between the cars, Raul Andrade, a 47-year-old from Chicago, was driving a 1993 Toyota Corolla east-bound in the west-bound lane to make a left turn on Elgin Avenue.
While driving in the wrong lane at approximately 8:10 a.m., Andrade’s vehicle hit Sanders, police said.
Sanders, who was a teacher at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was still alive at the scene and “talking and communicating” as she was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ryan said. She died in the emergency room about an hour later.
Police called the incident a traffic accident and charged Andrade for driving into oncoming traffic.