Skokie police released a statement saying the man, 84, was crossing Oakton Street southbound, and was hit and killed by a car traveling eastbound. Police are withholding the man's name until family members are notified.
The accident occurred at 6 a.m. near Oakton Park, though neither the driver nor the victim was affiliated with the park, the statement said.
Skokie police have tapped the North Regional Major
Crimes Task Force – Major Crash Assist Team (NORTAF-MCAT), which is assisting the
Skokie Police Department with the ongoing investigation. NORTAF is composed of law enforcement specialists from various suburban police departments, who can come together for a major event to lend the benefit of their expertise.
A traffic crash at Oakton Street and Knox Avenue in Skokie early Thursday took the life of an elderly male pedestrian, Skokie police said.
An alert Patch reader who wishes to be known only as Julie said it was a car vs. pedestrian crash, with the car heading eastbound on Oakton. It occurred before 8 a.m.
The car's windshield was smashed, she said, and a shoe and other personal effects belonging to the victim were visible. Paramedics and firefighters had already left the scene by 8 a.m., but many police were still on scene.
Patch will report further as more details become available.