Homeless Man Killed When Turned Away For Shelter

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (STMW) – A pedestrian who was hit by two vehicles in west suburban Downers Grove Wednesday night has died.

About 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, 29-year-old Antonio Cirilo III was apparently trying to cross Butterfield Road just east of Illinois 53 when he was hit by several vehicles, according to the DuPage County Coroner’s office.

The homeless victim had just left a church in the area that offered shelter, but was turned away, Downers Grove Deputy Chief Kurt Bluder.

He apparently “darted out’’ into traffic and was hit first by a Pontiac Torrent sport-utility vehicle that was traveling east on Butterfield Road. A Nissan Sentra that was also eastbound then rolled over him and both vehicles stopped, according to Bluder.

Downers Grove Fire personnel initiated aggressive life-saving efforts and transported Cirilo to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove where he was pronounced dead at 7:50 p.m., according to the coroner’s office.

The wreck occurred after sundown in an area that is not well it and Cirilo was wearing dark clothing, according to Bluder.

The road was dry and the posted speed limit is 45, but it was not immediately known how fast the vehicles were going, or whether they saw the pedestrian and tried to brake or did not have time.

There were no citations issued and foul play is not suspected in the accident, according to Bluder.

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  • csmithj@ccsd89.org

    Kyle, here is the info that Dad found on the accident.

  • shane013a

    He’s in a better place now….the morgue.

    • Irishgirl10

      Shane, he is in a better place, with God and his Mom and his Grandma. As a human being, I am sure we are all guilty of saying ignorant remarks and I would never judge anyone on one comment, but you need to hope some day when your time is up, you are remembered better and someone doesn’t blog about you ignorantly. Peace

  • dds

    That’s really a tragic story, very sad. Shane, your comment was insensitive. What if that person was YOU or someone in your family?!

  • John

    I was at this accident I am very sorry to his loved ones.

  • Irishgirl10

    Perhaps we should also be asking what responsibility lies with this pads organization? Do they not have a moral if not ethical obligation to detain clearly sick with alcoholism human beings. You say homeless, but this was a person, a person who was clearly in need of help with a history of alcohol abuse they were aware of. Should pads not produce a statement on their protocol for these types of situations. Why was Antonio not detained for public drunkenness or held until police could escort him to a hospital. This horrific tragedy could have been avoided if instead of turning away a sole, a human being, he was helped & saved. What is pads PROTOCAL He was clearly a danger to himself, and possibly to others. What is wrong with the world when a man in need is turned away by a church and a homeless shelter, does god not take care of all his children. His own father witnessed his child run down. Why is there no investigation as to the speed of the cars. Are there not cameras? At a location like this, it should be mandatory for lighting and cameras.

  • Dan DiNovo

    The guy was a bum. Rowdy and drunk. Thats why he ran into traffic. Downers Grove is a better place without him

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