Police Checking Driver's Cell Phone Following Fatal Crash

Salatiel Mendoza was struck by car, killed while loading his truck Monday morning

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    Salatiel Mendoza was struck and killed while he was loading up his truck on Monday morning. Emily Florez reports. (Published Monday, Apr 29, 2013)

    Police on Monday were looking into whether a driver was distracted when she hit and killed a 45-year-old man Monday morning.

    Salatiel Mendoza, 45, was loading up his construction truck at 61st Place in Summit, Ill. when he was struck by a car driven by 21-year-old Jessica Munoz.. Munoz was given three citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failing to exercise due care.

    Police said they don't believe alcohol was a factor but were looking into her cell phone usage at the time.

    The victim's brother, Jose Mendoza, said it's the second time he's lost a sibling in a similar way.

    "Thirty-five years ago, the same thing happened to my brother. He was killed by a 14-year-old girl. It's tragic and unexpected," Mendoza said.

    Mendoza said his brother worked as a Dominos Pizza delivery man and also owned his own construction company.

    "You needed something, he was always there for you," Mendoza said. "Pay attention to the road. It's one second ... one second you could take someone's life away."

    Munoz suffered minor injuries in the crash.