Concerns Over Busy Chicago Intersection Rise After Series of Accidents

Calls for a stop sign at a busy intersection near a Chicago grade school are increasing after police say a young teenage boy lost control on a bike and hit a parked car.

The accident happened near Austin and Cornelia, Chicago Academy grade school in the city’s Portage Park neighborhood.

“He was laying in the street and he was on a bicycle,” said area resident Rick Enger.

Witnesses said it appeared the boy may have been cut off by a car, causing him to lose control and crash.

At least three accidents have been reported at the intersection in the past month.

In February, two girls, ages 7 and 14, were hit by a vehicle at the intersection in a hit-and-run while on their way to school. About three weeks ago, neighbors say a car knocked down a crosswalk sign just steps away from where that accident occurred.

“We’ve seen enough fender benders, young kids getting hit, adults having near misses,” said concerned parent Julie Alleyene. “It’s a big concern for the community.”

Ald. Gilbert Villegas’ office said it has been swarmed with complaints and the office has requested an accelerated traffic study.

The Chicago Department of Transportation said the process for a traffic study was expedited and the department plans to work with the alderman “regarding some potential traffic calming measures in the very near future.”

“This intersection has been a problem,” Alleyene said. “So I guess someone hasn't officially died here...I don't know if that's what it's going to take.”

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