Marsha Frankel Killed in FedEx Truck Accident in Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL -- February 20, 2023, Marsha Frankel was killed due to an accident where a FedEx truck ran her over.
Preliminary details indicated that the collision occurred at around 2:20 p.m. at the intersection of Wabash Avenue and East 11th Street. Officials said that 72-year-old Marsha Frankel was using a walker and crossing "west to east" when a FedEx truck turning from a westbound direction onto northbound Wabash ran over Frankel.
Due to the collision, Frankel sustained fatal injuries. No one else was hurt, and no charges have been reported at this time. No further information has been confirmed, either.
I just want to be clear that I don't know anything more about this crash than what's already available to the public. But I've looked into countless similar incidents, and it's important for people to understand why they can be so complex.
These reports are missing very key details regarding who had the right-of-way and exactly where this truck was coming from. Whether or not the victim had a signal to cross is clearly going to be a crucial point in the investigations. But right-of-way or not, how exactly did the driver not see the victim?
This wasn't someone on a bike zipping through the crossing or someone darting into traffic. This was a woman on a walker in broad daylight crossing the roadway. If she was going west to east as sources have said, she would be coming from the opposite direction the truck was approaching, as opposed to stepping off the curb to the truck's right side.
Frankly, I have a hard time believing that a truck driver paying attention to their surroundings wouldn't have seen and avoided hitting this woman. So what was different here? Were there obstructions to visibility not mentioned in the news? Are authorities pulling cell phone records or any video on the truck? Are there witnesses that can shed light on where exactly the victim and the truck were when the collision occurred? Is this intersection itself dangerous for pedestrians? There are simply too many unanswered questions, and I can only hope steps are being taken to get this woman's loved ones the answers they deserve.