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'Walk For Noah' To Honor Toddler Killed In Jeff Park Crash

By Alex Nitkin | October 18, 2017 5:54am
 Noah Katz was fatally struck by a van at Central and Giddings avenues on Nov. 13 last year.
Noah Katz was fatally struck by a van at Central and Giddings avenues on Nov. 13 last year.
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Facebook/A Walk for Noah: a gathering of friends, family and neighbors

CHICAGO — Friends and family of 2-year-old Noah Katz will host a memorial walk at 10:30 a.m. Sunday to mark one year since the toddler was fatally struck by a van in Jefferson Park.

On Nov. 13, Noah and his mother were crossing Central Avenue when a van driver made a left turn from Giddings Street and hit them. Noah later died.

After the crash, city officials hurried a $250,000 suite of infrastructure upgrades designed to make the area around the crash site safer for pedestrians.

"The loss of a child is one of the most difficult things anyone could go through," the event description reads. "Nothing can bring Noah back, but we can gather at Noah's favorite park show support for the family and begin creating more awareness to the ever growing need of safer streets."

Participants will meet at Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave., at 10:30 a.m. and walk to Galvin's Public House, 5901 W. Lawrence Ave., to eat and drink together, according to organizers.

"We welcome all who care about Noah as well as everyone who wants to improve the safety on our streets so nothing like this ever has to happen again," the description reads.

As of Tuesday, more than 110 people had RSVP'd to the event.