Woman injured and dies after boy attempts to stop father’s truck

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A woman who was seriously injured after a boy  got behind the wheel of his father’s truck Thursday has died.

61-year-old Ruilan Zeng died this afternoon at Mt Sinai hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s report.

Zeng was struck by a truck in an alley at 44th and St Louis on the Near North Side this morning.

A13-year-old and his father were in the alley searching for metal.  When his father stepped out from the truck, the teen accidentally bumped the gear shift and the vehicle started rolling forward.

The teen jumped into the driver’s seat to hit the brakes, but instead stepped on the gas.

The truck hit a garage, a 58-year-old woman as she was walking, and then another garage.

The father was cited for leaving a running vehicle unattended and for driving with a suspended driver’s license. No word yet on if charges will be upgraded.

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7 comments

  • ChicagoCommonSense

    Teaching the kid to steal early. I guess he should have spent more time explaining the difference between the accelerator and the brakes. Hope the innocent victim has insurance, because the nitwit father certainly doesn't.

  • MELISSA

    I LOVE HOW THE NEWS SWITCH THE STORY AROUND. THIS IS NOT WHAT HAPPENED.
    1ST OF ALL HE WAS SEARCHING FOR METAL.
    2ND OF ALL THE WOMEN WAS NOT WALKING SHE WAS IN HER YARD!!
    3RD SHE IS DRIVING UNDER A SUSPENDED LICENSE
    SO BEFORE YOU WANT TO RUN YOUR MOUTH AND TALK ABOUT "STEALING EARLY" MAKE SURE YOU ARE LL CLEAN FIRST!

  • MELISSA

    WELL CCS SINCE YOUR KNOW EVERYTHING TELL US HOW IS HE STEALING FROM HIS OWN HOUSE?!
    HOW YOU KNOW HE HAD NO LICENSE OR GUARANTEED INSURANCE.??

  • ChicagoCommonSense

    He was "collecting" metal from his own house? Melissa, you and Keeping Real sound terribly bright. When did you drop out of school….14?