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Man, 76, fatally struck by vehicle in Harvey

A 76-year-old man died early Wednesday, three days after he was struck by a vehicle in south suburban Harvey.

About 8:40 p.m., Charles Jennings walked out of a gas station and into traffic near West 159th Street and Hoyne Avenue in Harvey when he was struck by a four-door car, according to city spokesman Sean Howard and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was not in a cross walk at the time and the driver hit the brakes to try to avoid the crash. Witnesses at the scene said the man “walked right into traffic,” according to Howard.

The driver stayed at the scene and called 911.

Jennings, of the 100 block of West 158th Street in Harvey, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday, the medical examiner’s office said.

An autopsy Thursday found he died of complications of multiple injuries, with heart disease listed as a secondary cause. His death was ruled an accident.

No citations or charges were issued in connection with the crash, Howard said.