Pedestrian struck by SUV in Lombard dies

April 21, 2010 4:45:58 AM PDT
Good Samaritans lifted a wrecked SUV off a pedestrian in west suburban Lombard, but a woman who was also struck by the vehicle died. Police said a semi truck struck the SUV at Roosevelt Road and Main Street just after 8 p.m. Monday. The impact sent the SUV onto the sidewalk where the victims- both in their 40s- were walking.

The man's legs were pinned under the SUV and several people came to his rescue, lifting the vehicle up high enough to free him.

"He was actually pulled out by some bystanders," said Battalion Chief Ron Rakosnik, Lombard Fire Department. "He had some heavy trauma to his lower part of his body, primarily his left leg. The female patient was brought to the ambulance and put inside the ambulance and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. He was eventually taken to Good Samaritan hospital with heavy trauma as well."

Pascuala Hernandez Gutierrez, 49, died Tuesday morning at the Downers Grove hospital.

Police say the driver of the SUV had to be pulled from the vehicle. He suffered minor injuries. The truck driver was not injured.

Will Canelos, 28, is being came to the aid of the couple.

"I'm not a hero. There were a lot of other guys there who were helping out," said Canelos.

"I would call them heroes," said Rakosnik.

Rakosnik says the man's legs were pinned under the minivan and the female was on the passenger side. Both were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

Canelos later learned that the women he tried to help died Tuesday morning from the injuries.

"I feel real sad about that. And we tried to help the woman first and got them second and I feel more for the woman and her family. Just feel for their loss," said Canelos. ""If I was in the same situation, someone would help me out the same way."

The incident remains under investigation.

Canelos holds two jobs; he is a construction worker during the day and a pizza delivery man in the evening. He says he was just at the right place at the right time.


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