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Woman dies of injuries in crash after boy accidentally puts truck in gear

Updated: August 15, 2013 8:34PM

A Southwest Side woman died Thursday evening from injuries after a 13-year-old accidentally set his father’s truck in motion and ran over her on Thursday morning.

The truck struck Ruilan Zeng, 61, outside her home in the 4500 block of South St. Louis , according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The truck was in an alley in the 4400 block of South St. Louis about 7:10 a.m. when the boy’s father got out to put something in the back, police said.

The teen got into the passenger seat and accidentally bumped the gearshift. Then he got into the driver’s seat and tried to brake, but he hit the gas pedal by mistake, sending the truck crashing into two garages and a vehicle before striking Zeng in a backyard about a block away. The boy was not injured.

Zeng was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, and she was pronounced dead at 5:25 p.m., the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said. An autopsy was scheduled for Friday.

Police cited the father for leaving an unattended vehicle and driving on a suspended license.

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