Pedestrian Killed on I-290 After Arrest

The woman failed sobriety tests after being pulled over hours earlier, police said

By Lisa Balde
|  Friday, Sep 2, 2011  |  Updated 6:45 PM CDT
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Pedestrian Killed on I-290 After Arrest

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A woman struck and killed early Friday while walking on the Eisenhower Expressway was arrested hours earlier for driving the wrong way on I-290, police said.

Illinois State Police said the woman, age 25, refused a breathalyzer test when she was pulled over around 3:23 a.m. Friday and failed field sobriety tests. She was arrested and released on bond at approximately 5:40 a.m. at the Westchester Police Department, police said.

She told police she had no family or means of transportation and requested a ride to a nearby gas station. As a courtesy, police said, a state trooper drove her to the gas station.

At approximately 6:10 a.m., she was struck by a Toyota truck just east of Mannheim Road. A witness statement given to police stated the woman was walking in a marked median area when the driver of the truck crossed the median area and struck her.

The driver was charged with violating the restricted median.

Illinois Police said in a statement the woman was alert when she was released from the police station earlier Friday. 

Investigators are trying to locate video surveillance from the gas station and are in the process of locating next of kin.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Illinois State Police at 847-294-4400.

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