Sunday, July 28, 2019

Death investigations launched after women are found on sidewalks in Loop, Uptown

The parking garage at 160 North Wabash. | Google
Police are investigating the deaths of two women who were found injured on city sidewalks Saturday—one in the Loop and the other in Uptown. Also, officials say they have determined what killed a man who was found dead at a Loop bus stop last month.

Loop incident

A 53-year-old woman was found dead on the sidewalk outside a parking garage at 160 North Wabash around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. An officer on the scene said it appeared that the woman had fallen or jumped from the parking structure. The woman, who worked for a South American consulate in the city, was pronounced dead at the scene. (UPDATE JULY 31: The woman's death has been ruled a suicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner.)

Uptown case

Photograph of the Uptown woman's cart. | James Cappleman
An apparently homeless woman who was found unconscious around 1 p.m. Saturday on the 4500 block of North Broadway was later pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Police said a witness reported that the woman had just crossed the street with a bicycle when she fell face-first onto the sidewalk. The witness believed the woman fell after a coat on her bicycle got caught on another bike that was secured to a nearby rack. Police did not have a confirmed age for the woman.

Uptown Alderman James Cappleman (46th) said on social media that he “knew the woman well, but only by her first name. She had been homeless for several years and was often seen with a grocery cart with all her belongings.”

Cappleman reviewed video of the incident and said she “appeared to have a cardiac arrest.”

“I would often buy her a sandwich at a local coffee shop, trying to get her to accept social services,” Cappleman remembered. “I had often offered to walk her to the local DFSS Office, but she would refuse due to her paranoia.”

Cappleman said the woman, “died needlessly on the streets. May she at last rest in peace.”

Bus stop death

A 35-year-old man who was found unresponsive at a bus stop in the 300 block of West Madison last month died from fentanyl toxicity, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner. His death was ruled accidental.

Police were called to the scene around 7:45 a.m. on June 13th after a commuter reported the man’s condition to 911.

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is often mixed with heroin on the black market.
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