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Car Drives Onto Bike Path, One Dead

April 15, 1998

CHICAGO (AP) _ An 84-year-old man drove his car onto a busy bike path along Lake Michigan Tuesday, killing one person and injuring two others, authorities said.

Joseph Landi was charged with negligent driving and driving a vehicle in an unsafe manner, Sgt. Kelly Moyer said. He was released from police custody late Tuesday.

Cars are not allowed on the path along the lakefront, but Landi apparently drove over a curb and headed south on the path, Moyer said. The path was crowded with pedestrians, joggers, bikers and in-line skaters enjoying the warm evening air.

``He then ... turned around and started coming back,″ even after striking three people and a dog, Moyer said.

A pedestrian finally persuaded Landi to stop and reached into his car and removed the keys from the ignition of his 1986 Chevrolet Caprice, she said.

Police questioned Landi for several hours.

``He’s not being very helpful because he doesn’t recall anything,″ Moyer said. ``He’s quite old and seems to be confused and disoriented.″

A 26-year-old woman died of multiple trauma, a hospital administrator said. A 27-year-old woman was in serious condition and a 25-year-old man was treated and released. The dog hit was not seriously injured.

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