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84-Year-Old Grandma Killed By Amazon Delivery Truck In Little Village

By Joe Ward | December 22, 2016 6:56pm | Updated on December 23, 2016 8:48am
 Telesfora Escamilla was struck and killed Thursday on her way home from getting a haircut.
Telesfora Escamilla was struck and killed Thursday on her way home from getting a haircut.
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LITTLE VILLAGE — An 84-year-old woman was struck and killed Thursday in Little Village, reportedly by a man driving a delivery truck with an Amazon logo.

The victim was identified as Telesfora Escamilla, of the 2800 block of South Trumbull, in Cook County Medical Examiner's Office records.

At 5:32 a.m., the driver of the Nissan truck was driving westbound on 28th Street when he struck the woman near Drake Avenue, police said. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition before she was pronounced dead, police said.

"Christmas is not going to be the same because I'm always going to remember that. The way she passed away — it's just senseless, senseless," one relative told NBC5.

The station said one of the Chicago police officers responding to the accident was the victim's grandson.

The driver, Valdimar Gray, 29, of the 3400 block of West Chicago Avenue, was charged with operating an uninsured vehicle, police said. Gray received tickets for hitting a pedestrian in the right of way, failing to carry a driver's license and failing to stop at a stop sign, police said.

A witness told ABC7 that the driver drove around a car in front of him and made a left, hitting Escamilla, who was in the crosswalk. "He knew he did something. He was just screaming: 'I can't believe I did this! I can't believe I did this!'" the witness said.

Escamilla was the mother of six and was walking home from getting a haircut.

In a statement Amazon said, "Any accident that occurs is one too many, and we will work with police and the delivery service provider as they investigate."

Gray is scheduled to appear in traffic court on Feb. 7.

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