By Patrick Rucker
Tribune staff reporter
Published March 24, 2004, 8:48 AM CST
A 39-year-old Cicero man is hospitalized this morning in serious condition after he was beaten by a mob that pulled him from his truck after he struck and fatally injured a man on Chicago's South Side, authorities said.
Police have one man in custody in connection with the attack and are seeking witnesses to the incident, WGN-Ch. 9 reported. No charges have been filed yet as a result of the beating, and police told WGN no traffic citations are expected against the truck driver.
The 23-year-old fatality, identified as Eddie Boyd by the Cook County medical examiner's office, was crossing 51st Street on the 1500 West block about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when he was struck by the 18-wheel flatbed trailer truck, police said.
WGN reported the man apparently fell under the rear wheels of the vehicle. He was dragged about 30 yards before the truck stopped at Ashland Avenue, with the victim under the rear wheels.
A crowd estimated at 15 to 20 people attacked the cab, broke the windshield, dragged the driver out and beat him until police arrived. He was taken to Stroger Hospital of Cook County, where he was being treated today for facial fractures, WGN reported.
"They thought he was not going to stop," said Joseph Eagle, who identified himself as the victim's uncle. "When he did, they dragged him out of the truck and beat him down."
The victim was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital, where he died, according to Chicago police spokeswoman Alice Casanova.
The incident was reminiscent of a July 30, 2002, accident elsewhere on the South Side, when Jack Moore and Anthony Stuckey were stomped and bludgeoned to death by a crowd after their van slammed into a group of women on a porch. Three women were hurt, and one died of her injuries.