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Man Who Was Run Over And Dragged Down Street At Dangerous Logan Square Intersection Dies From Injuries

As Ciro Ortez's family and friends mourn, neighbors are continuing to push for safety improvements to prevent future crashes even though city and state policy won't allow for stop signs.

Flowers near where Ciro Ortez was hit by a driver Sunday in Logan Square. Ortez died from his injuries later that day.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Neighbors are continuing to push for safety upgrades at a Logan Square intersection after a driver ran over a 44-year-old man and dragged him down the street Sunday, killing him.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the man as Ciro A. Ortez, of the 2800 block of North Sacramento Avenue.

Neighbor Elsbeth Cool, who owns the bike shop Four Star Family Cyclery at 3101 W. Diversey Ave., witnessed a driver hitting Ortez around 3:20 p.m. Sunday. Cool told police Ortez was lying in the crosswalk on Albany Avenue when a driver traveling west on Diversey Avenue turned right onto Albany and hit him, dragging him down the street.

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Ortez was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center. He died from his injuries a few hours later, at 7:47 p.m., officials said. Attempts to reach Ortez’s family Wednesday were unsuccessful.

After the incident, Cool launched a petition demanding the city install stop signs in both directions on Diversey. In addition to working nearby, Cool has lived in the area for 13 years and says drivers routinely speed down the street, endangering themselves, pedestrians and cyclists.

“With an intersection that required a reduction of speed & more careful navigation from drivers, this tragic & traumatizing event might have been avoided,” she said in the petition.

In just a few days, Cool’s petition has drawn nearly 1,000 signatures and several comments, including from some who said they were related to Ortez or knew him.

“I can’t believe this happened to my friend! I was raised in this neighborhood!” one commenter said. “We as children was able to crossed this street and we have NEVER had to worry about anyone maliciously running us over.. Apparently, times has changed and it cost my friend Ciro Ortez, his life. Please, whatever you have to do, correct this issue so no one has to lose their life trying to cross this street!”

As Ortez’s family and friends mourn, neighbors are running up against a major obstacle in their quest to get stop signs installed.

Paul Sajovec, chief of staff for Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd), said they were told by officials with the city’s Department of Transportation that Diversey is an arterial state route overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation, and it would go against state and city transportation policy to add stop signs there.

There is currently a plan to resurface that segment of Diversey, and add curb extensions and bike lane improvements, Sajovec said.

Despite the red tape, Cool and other neighbors haven’t given up; they’re still urging city and state officials to take action following Ortez’ death.

“This is a representation of a bigger issue of IDOT having jurisdiction on city streets and how that leads to unsafe situations that can’t be resolved in a way that works for the people who actually live here and use the street,” Cool said.

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