89-year-old driver strikes pedestrians at Schiller Woods Forest Preserve

The driver and six pedestrians were taken to hospitals with injuries not considered life-threatening.

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On June 12th, a driver hit and killed Peter Paquette as he crossed Irving Park Road on foot in a marked crosswalk.

Seven people were injured, including an 89-year-old driver, when her car struck six other people June 26, 2022 at Schiller Woods Forest Preserve.

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An 89-year-old driver struck six pedestrians Sunday evening at Schiller Woods Forest Preserve.

The accident happened about 6:50 p.m., a spokesperson with the forest preserve said.

The woman driving and the six pedestrians were all hospitalized, with one person in intensive care, the spokesperson said.

She was parked in the grass near a picnic grove, with her driver's side door open, when the vehicle began moving in reverse, the spokesperson said.

Czeslawa Bednarczyk, 89, of Chicago was issued six citations for the failure of the driver to exercise due care, one count of a driver not having a valid driver’s license and another count of improperly backing up.

The Forest Preserves Police Department’s Investigations Unit was coordinating with the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office in revoking Bednarczyk’s driver’s license.

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