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Cab Crash at River West Intersection Leaves One Pedestrian Dead

A pedestrian was killed on a street corner in the River West neighborhood of Chicago when a taxi cab driver lost control of his vehicle.

Around 6 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14, Eric Kerestes was at the intersection of Chicago and Milwaukee Avenues when a cab drove through and hit the curb before hitting a light pole and  a CVS drug store before rolling over. Kerestes was hit by the cab and thrown fifteen feet. Another driver in the area called 911 about the accident.

The passenger in the cab was able to get out of the vehicle without assistance. The driver received help from other drivers and pedestrians to get out of the car just as the cab caught on fire. He was reported as repeatedly saying “I tried to put the brakes on” as he was led to the sidewalk.

Kerestes was pronounced dead at the scene. The cab driver was taken to John Stroger Hospital in good condition and later released. The passenger was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition.

Accidents effect not only the driver of a vehicle but passengers and surrounding bystanders. If you or a loved one knows someone who has been injured in an accident as a pedestrian, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 for professional legal representation.