80-year-old man homeless man fatally struck by vehicle in Joliet

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An 80-year-old man who was fatally struck by a car last weekin southwest suburban Joliet has been identified.

Raymond J. Feelycrossed Jefferson Street from the northwest corner at the intersection with Reed Street at 12:42 p.m. Oct. 11 against the traffic light, according to Joliet police and the Will County coroner’s office.

Feelystepped off the curb into the street, and the driver of a pickup in the outside lane saw him and slammed on his brakes, avoiding striking him, police said.

The black 2004 Jaguar was in an inside lane about one car-length behind the pickup when the 80-year-old man suddenly appeared, police said.

The driver of the Jaguar, a 19-year-old Joliet man, slammed on the brakes but was unable to avoid striking him, police said. Feelywas thrown into the hood and windshield of the car, and fell to the ground.

A surveillance video from a nearby business captured the crash, police said.

Feely,who was homeless, suffered two broken legs, a fractured left arm and bruising on the brain, authorities said.

He was taken to Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where he was pronounced dead at 2:57 p.m., according to the coroner’s office.

Police said there was no evidenceof drug or alcohol use by the driver or the pedestrian.The driver will not be charged.

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