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Man killed in crash was Hesed House resident

Updated: March 5, 2014 6:11AM

A man who was struck by a vehicle and killed Sunday morning while walking in downtown Aurora has been identified as Donald L. Early, 54, whose last know address was the Hesed House homeless shelter in Aurora, according to Aurora police.

An autopsy revealed the his death appears to have been caused by trauma pending further investigation, according to an official at the Kane County Coroner’s office.

Police said the man was apparently walking southbound in the street on Broadway Avenue, near Spring Street, around 4 a.m. when he was struck by a 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander driven by a 39-year-old Montgomery woman.

The driver told police she was driving southbound on Broadway Avenue when she heard a loud “thud” from the front of her vehicle. She immediately stopped, and discovered she had struck the man.

Police said the 39-year-old driver, Cherise Wardlow, stayed at the scene, and called for help. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wardlow was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, police said. There were no signs of alcohol or drugs at the scene.

Aurora police are investigating, and are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call investigators at 630-256-5330.

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