Motorist Gets Out Of Vehicle To Help Ducklings, Is Fatally Struck By Limo

SCHILLER PARK, Ill (STMW) — A man was fatally struck Monday morning by a limousine on the Tri-State Tollway near O’Hare International Airport after he had gotten out of his car to shoo a family of ducklings off the road.

About 9:30 a.m., the man was driving northbound on the Tri-State (I-294) near mile post 38.2, in Schiller Park, “when he came about these ducks in the road,” Illinois State Police Tollway District Sgt. Hasan said. The driver got out of the car and tried to get the ducks off the road, “when a vehicle driving northbound didn’t see him and subsequently struck him,” the sergeant said.

The vehicle that struck the man was a limousine, the sergeant said.

The victim, 38-year-old Edward Gardner, of 1616 Lonsdale Ave. in  Naperville, was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he was pronounced dead at 1:24 p.m., according to a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. 

No citations were issued to the driver of the limousine, who stopped at the scene, Hasan said. “It was just a freak accident.”

The victim was traveling with his girlfriend, who remained in the car, Hasan said. She was not injured.

 (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Joe Patroni

    Some for hire limo drivers are really suspect. Many can’t get jobs because of their criminal backgrounds and they work on commisions only. They are at the mercy of a dispatcher who “hands” out assignements. Many are rushing around to pick up additional fairs. This driver was clearly not paying attention.

    • Fast Ed

      Come on man. Give us a break! A friggiin’ toll road ain’t supposed to have pedestrians wandering around chasing duckies. I feel for the old guy, but he was doing a real stupid and unsafe thing and he had no business interfering with traffic like that.

    • sirdavid

      Dude,you simply did not understand what you read.Re-read it and then post comments.

  • Arjay

    The girlfriend who “remained in the car” probably said,”Oh,get out and rescue the cute little ducks.” End of story.

  • m

    May his good intentions be remembered. If only the ignorant and mean were sacrificed, we would never have guardian angels. Still, sad… God Bless…

  • Chuck D.

    There are only 3 reasons you should EVER get out of your car on the side of the highway. 1. your car is on fire, 2. your car broke down on the shoulder in very low visibility conditions like very dense fog or white out snow conditions (it’s safer to wait on the side away from your car so no other cars ram into you) and 3. a tornado is approaching and there is an underpass or ditch nearby.

  • John R

    Yes it was stupid but something tells me we are missing a nice guy.

    • cj


  • lkb

    I knew Ed and he was an incredibly nice guy… heart of gold and a good friend to all. It really saddens me to see some of the rude & thoughtless comments being made about someone who was so caring.

    • cj

      Amen, God Bless Ed,

    • politicalwoman

      My sympathies to you and his family. Your friend showed a virtue that is becomingly increasingly rare in our society, compassion for those who cannot speak.

  • Smash Crasher

    He has a place in Duck Heaven. I commend the deceased for showing compassion for nature and God’s creatures. It’s pathetic some of you ignorant and rude idiots will never even understand the meaning of the word.

  • dan

    Good intentions from what sounds like a great guy but unfortunately a very stupid thing to do. Luckily his actions only killed himself, it could have been a multi car pile up that killed many.

    Cruel as it may seem trading a duck’s life for human life just aint worth it. Now his family is deprived of him, his girl friend has no mate, he could be a father, grandfather, uncle or son. Just aint worth it……I’m sure if he thought his life was in jeopardy he would have kept on driving and called 911

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