The coroner has identified a 53-year-old man who died after he was struck by a sedan while walking in the roadway on Lewis Avenue in Waukegan Saturday evening.
An autopsy performed Monday showed John D. Rutledge, 53, of Waukegan, died as a result of blunt force injuries, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek.
The Waukegan Police Department and Waukegan Fire Department responded around 9:30 p.m. Saturday to the area of Lewis Avenue and Roger Edwards Avenue.
A 911 caller reported a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle near the intersection.
The victim was believed to be unconscious and not breathing, the caller reported.
Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Scott Chastain said a white 2014 Cadillac XTS was traveling northbound on Lewis Avenue when it struck Rutledge, who was in the roadway.
Officers arrived on the scene and confirmed Rutledge was not breathing.
Rutledge suffered multiple injuries and paramedics transported him to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.
Rutledge was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital and the Lake County Coroner’s Office was notified.
The driver of the Cadillac remained in the area and pulled over into Tony’s Fresh Market parking lot near the scene, Chastain said. The driver was reportedly cooperative with investigators.
Officers shut down Lewis Avenue in both directions from Roger Edwards Avenue to Williamsburg Drive for several hours.
The Waukegan Police Department Major Crash Unit responded to conduct an investigation.
Investigators seized the Cadillac for evidence. The driver has not been charged or cited so far, Chastain said.
The incident remains under investigation by the Waukegan Police Department Major Crash Unit and Lake County Coroner’s Office.