One pedestrian is dead and two others were seriously injured after a taxi cab lost control and swerved into a wall near the intersection of Illinois Street and Columbus Drive in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood just before 9 a.m. on Monday.
According to an eyewitness who spoke with NBC Chicago, the cab was driving east through the dangerous intersection and may have cut off another cab before the driver appeared to lose control of the vehicle, skidded sideways and slammed into a wall near the garage of the Embassy Suites hotel on Illinois.
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The cab hit a man who had been walking on the north side of the street who was pronounced dead at the scene. The male driver and female passenger, who had to be cut out of the vehicle, were taken to Northwestern University Hospital.
The RedEye reported that, as of this afternoon, the cab driver, 71, was in fair condition, while the passenger, 51, sustained a broken leg. The driver had previously been cited for two traffic violations -- an improper turn at an intersection in 2007 and improper lane usage in 2010.
Last month, the same intersection was the scene of another fatal car accident when 26-year-old graphic designer Justyna Palka was struck by a tour bus. The driver was later charged with driving under the influence, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
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