A pedestrian who was struck and killed Monday morning in an intersection in the Chatham neighborhood was the founder of a neighborhood chamber symphony orchestra, according to his son, an executive with the Chicago Cubs.
The fatal collision happened just before 9:30 a.m. in the 8500 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue on the South Side, according to police.
The victim was Robert Boarde Green, 82, according to Julian Green, vice president for communications and community affairs with the Chicago Cubs
Julian Green said police told him that his father was crossing the street when he dropped his keys in the middle of the intersection. When he turned to pick up his keys, he was struck, Green said.
Green said he first learned of the accident in a phone call from his mother, who was given the news when police officers arrived at her doorstep.
Green then went to the scene and stayed until his father’s body was taken to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Robert Green was a longtime member of the Chatham Village chamber symphony, known to be one of the only all African-American chamber symphony orchestras, according to his son. Robert Green co-founded the Chatham Village Symphony Orchestra in 1974, according to his family.
Julian Green, the middle of Robert Green’s three adult sons, remembered how each year his father organized musicians to play composer Handel’s “Messiah” for the holiday season at Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church in Bronzeville.
Green said his father remained active, walking around nearby Tuley Park and golfing.
“We’re concerned about the circumstances of what happened. This was 9:30 in the morning. He certainly wasn’t darting across the street in traffic,” Green said.
Funeral arrangement were pending. In addition to his son Julian, Green is survived by his wife, Hattie; sons Lawrence and Justin; and five grandchildren.
A police spokesman said it didn’t appear that the morning’s icy conditions played a part in the crash. No citations had been issued, and the driver was cooperating with police.