Man Hit by Car in Douglas Last Month Dies

By Erica Demarest on August 4, 2013 10:14am 

  John Lauricella, 43, of southwest suburban Bolingbrook, was hit while crossing the street July 29. (file photo).
 John Lauricella, 43, of southwest suburban Bolingbrook, was hit while crossing the street July 29. (file photo).
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CHICAGO — A 43-year-old suburban man has died after he was hit by a pickup truck in Douglas last month, authorities said.

The man was walking through the intersection of South State and West 31st streets about 1 p.m. July 29 when he was struck by a 1994 Ford pickup truck, said Officer Jose Estrada, a police spokesman.

John Lauricella, of the 300 block of Musial Circle in southwest suburban Bolingbrook, was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries Saturday at 6:28 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

The car's driver, 49-year-old Pedro Reyes-Cruz, claims he had a green light when Lauricella inexplicably walked out into the crosswalk — ignoring the pedestrian crossing signals. No witnesses could confirm or deny the claim, police said.

Reyes-Cruz, who lives in the 1400 block of North Bosworth Avenue in West Town, was given two citations: driving without a valid license and failure to exercise due care to a pedestrian in a roadway.

Major Accidents officers are investigating, Estrada said.

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