Shawna Daro Killed in One-Vehicle Crash with a Median Barrier at Madison St and Hoyne Ave, Chicago


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Google street view of median at Madison Street and Hoyne Avenue, facing east.

Chicago police, firefighters and paramedics responded about 1:25 a.m. Tuesday to a car vs. median crash in the 2000 block of West Madison Street between Damen Avenue and Hoyne Avenue. Shawna Daro was driving a 2002 Scion when the vehicle hit a concrete median that holds flowers — located just east of Hoyne Avenue, almost two blocks west of the United Center in Chicago. She was trapped in the vehicle, but extricated by rescuers about 1:35 a.m.

Shawna Daro, 30, of West Miner Street in Arlington Heights, was transported with Advanced Life Support to Level I Trauma Center John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County, where she was pronounced dead about thirty minutes after arrival.

Shawna Daro (Facebook photo).

Shawna Daro was a Class of 2000 graduate of Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

Shawna Lee Daro Obituary

Shawna Lee Daro, 30, of Chicago, formerly of Kildeer and Palatine, IL. Beloved daughter of Tim and Linda Daro; loving sister of Meghan (Matt) Frisch and Matthew Daro; cherished granddaughter of Robert and Barbara Deja and the late Stanley and Sabina Daro; fond niece and cousin to many.

Visitation Monday, February 4, 2013, from 3:00-9:00pm at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 185 E. Northwest Hwy., Palatine. Family and friends will meet Tuesday at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St., Chicago, for visitation from 9:30am until time of mass at 10:30am. Interment will be private.

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  1. “to a car vs. median crash” Gee, think you could find a more sensitive way to relate the scene….I knew Shawna, she was my cousin’s best friend and her daughter’s Godmother. Wasn’t aware that her car and the median were in competition.

  2. Actually there are no true words to sensitively describe this crash scene. Very sorry for your loss, but you’re reading this wrong. The term is very commonly used when a vehicle hits a fixed object, such as a median wall, retaining wall, light pole, a utility pole, or a tree. Absolutely no disrespect meant describing this tragic loss of a human being, and a tragic loss for family and friends. Prayers and good people close to the victim, please focus on the victim and the victim’s family. While the rest of us, who are not personally connected to the victim, family and friends, are saddened by the death of a young person we didn’t know, and focus on safety issues and the reality and risks of every day life for the people close to us.

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