UPDATE: The female pedestrian killed on the Eisenhower Expressway early Friday morning has been identified by her family as Diana Paz, the Chicago Tribune reports. Her family believes police should have done more to ensure Paz's safety before releasing her from their custody Friday. They told the Chicago Sun-Times they would remember Paz as "a very good mother, daughter and sister." She leaves behind a 5-year-old son.
A 25-year-old Chicago woman was struck by a pickup truck and died Friday morning after she reportedly walked onto the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) near the western suburb of Westchester.
The woman, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, had been pulled over around 3:30 a.m. that morning after she had been driving in the wrong direction on the expressway, near Mannheim Road. After she refused a breathalyzer test and failed a field sobriety test, she was arrested for driving under the influence and bonded out at the Westchester Police Department around 5:40 a.m., at which point police say she was "alert."
When the woman told police she had no family or way to get to her home on the 8800 block of South Escanaba Avenue, police gave her a ride to a gas station nearby. Half an hour later, the Chicago Tribune reports, she was struck by a truck that veered into the expressway's "marked median area" where the woman was walking.
Police have not yet disclosed the identity of the woman and surveillance footage from the gas station is currently being reviewed as part of the investigation into the incident.
The driver of the truck was charged with violating a restricted median.
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