Driver cited after boy, 14, fatally struck by semi in Gage Park

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Driver cited after boy, 14, fatally struck in Gage Park
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A semi drive has been cited after a 14-year-old boy was fatally struck by a semi in Gage Park Tuesday.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 14-year-old boy who was killed after being hit by a semi in the Gage Park neighborhood has been identified and police said the driver has been cited.

Investigators said they have video of the crash, but are asking the public for help piecing together what happened.

The crash occurred around 4 p.m. at 51st Street and Western Avenue. Police said the driver, going west on 51st, made a right turn onto Western and hit Anthony Macedo as he was crossing the street. Police said the driver did not stop.

"We had some witnesses in the area that indicated that the trailer did head northbound on Western Avenue and let the officers know by calling 911," said Chicago Police Officer Jose Jara.

Officers pulled the driver over a couple miles away and he was questioned by authorities. Macedo was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in critical condition where he later died.

Police said the driver has since been released and was cited for failure to yield. The crash remains under investigation.

One parent who lived in his neighborhood said she didn't know the family, but now will be vigilant in making sure her children get to and from school safely.

"I always make sure there's somebody that helps them cross the street," said Sandra Correa. "That's why-because accidents happen and it's really sad what happened."