NU staffer struck by car on Sheridan Road dies

Grace Johnson

The Northwestern staff member struck by a car on Sheridan Road more than two weeks ago died this week due to complications from her injuries, said Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington.

Mavis Sotnick, 71, an employee of the Kellogg School of Management, died Wednesday evening at 7:56 p.m., reported Evanston Review. Sotnick’s death is a result of multiple injuries including head trauma and pneumonia sustained from respirator use, Eddington said. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office is conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of death.

It is still unclear whether charges will be brought against the driver of the vehicle implicated in the accident, Eddington said.

“The case is still under review at this point, but it is unlikely charges will be filed,” he said. “Evanston police will be conducting another review into the incident.”

Sotnick was struck by a Mercedes-Benz around 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 when she was walking westbound across Sheridan Road near Foster Street, police said. She was then taken to Evanston Hospital, 2650 Ridge Ave. The vehicle was believed to be traveling at the legal speed limit between 25 and 30 mph at the time, police said.

Sotnick, born in England, worked as a concierge at the Kellogg reception desk for the last three years. Before that, she worked in the James L. Allen Center, 2169 Campus Drive, for 10 years where one of her duties was to give tours to prospective students, Sotnick said in a June 2006 interview with The Link, a Kellogg publication. She would spend more than a half hour with new students, she told The Link.

Sotnick will be remembered at a service Friday at 11 a.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 West Dempster St., in Skokie.

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