Teen cited in car accident that killed pedestrian in Arlington Heights

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A 16-year-old boy was issued four traffic citations after accidentally striking a northwest suburban woman with his car earlier this month, leading to her death two days later.

Barbara Rose Leinonen, 57, was crossing Grove Street near Kaspar Avenue in Arlington Heights when a westbound 2012 Volkswagen GTI struck her about 6:55 a.m. on March 9, according to Arlington Heights police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Paramedics took the Arlington Heights resident to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where she died on March 11, authorities said.

The woman was walking her dog at the time, but the animal was not hurt, police said.

The 16-year-old driver, also from Arlington Heights, was not hurt, police said.

Police announced on Friday that he was cited for reckless driving, speeding, driving with an obstructed windshield and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The boy is scheduled to appear in traffic court in Rolling Meadows on April 28.

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