• January 19, 2023

One Killed in Collision with 18-Wheeler on 106th St in Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL — January 19, 2023, a 37-year-old man died in a fiery collision with a semi-truck on 106th Street on Chicago's East Side.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:20 a.m. at 106th and Avenue D. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving on the roadway when police allege he ran a stop sign and hit the side of the semi-truck as it passed through on the cross-street. After the impact the car caught fire.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Right now investigators are still trying to piece together what happened here, which is why I find it a little troubling that preliminary reports already suggest the victim did something wrong. How do they know what happened? Is there video footage from a nearby business or residence? Did witnesses clearly see the collision? Or is that narrative just based on a few observations at the scene glued together with some plausible guesses?

To be clear, I read the same reports as everyone else and don't know more than they say. Maybe things went exactly as officers thought. Is it far too soon to say that with certainty, though? Absolutely. I've lost count of the times where a more thorough investigation found critical details that were either unmentioned or totally overlooked beforehand. That man's loved ones deserve to know the whole story of how they lost him that night, so I hope authorities will ensure they get it.

One Killed in Collision with 18-Wheeler on 106th St in Chicago, IL
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