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Edgewater Crossing Guard Out Of A Coma After Car Struck Her On Duty

Janet Gould, ABC7 News Photo

An elderly Edgewater crossing guard who has been doing her job for over 30 years was struck by a vehicle from behind Monday. The woman, who was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston in critical condition, is now recovering after coming out of a coma and making steady progression.

The 80-year-old Janet Gould has been crossing children (many of whom she knew by name) for 34 years now. However, at about 2:50 p.m. on Monday she was struck by a 29-year-old ride share driver while making a left turn onto Clark St. from Bryn Mawr Ave.

The Executive Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, Alicia Tate-Nadeau released a statement saying, “The Office of Emergency Management and Communications is deeply saddened by the tragic accident in which our employee, Janet Gould, was very seriously injured. In her role as a crossing guard with the City of Chicago, Mrs. Gould has been dedicated to ensuring the safety of children walking to and from school every day for nearly 30 years. We extend our heartfelt wishes for her recovery and our thoughts and prayers are with Janet, her husband, family and friends at this time.”

According to the family, they have been trying to get Gould to retire for some time now. But that she had never considered the possibility.

The family is also upset that the driver had only received a ticket in the incident for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Gould’s son Roberto Cerda told ABC7 News that they are hoping there will be further investigation.


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