Female pedestrian killed while crossing Lake Shore Drive

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Monday, May 30, 2016
Woman killed on Lake Shore Drive
Pamela Johnson, 32

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 32-year-old Chicago woman was killed after she was struck by a vehicle while crossing Lake Shore Drive early Sunday, police said.

Pamela Johnson and her 43-year-old boyfriend were both hit at about 1:40 a.m. when crossing LSD near Ohio Street in the Gold Coast neighborhood, police said. The boyfriend told police that they were trying to escape a group of armed robbers.

The boyfriend survived and remains hospitalized Sunday.

The driver of the pickup truck, which was headed southbound, spoke to police. No charges have been filed.

Chicago police are investigating and reviewing video from a nearby pod cam, as well as from several private businesses in the area.

Andrew Holmes, a relative, said he doesn't believe that robbers were involved and hopes surveillance video can help determine what happened.

Johnson was a single mother, leaving behind a 12-year-old son, Malik, family said.

She was a source of joy, family members said, sending money to a sister who was in college out-of-state.

"She'd do anything for anyone," said her grandmother Geraldine Johnson.