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Driver issued no citations after fatally striking 2-year-old riding mini-scooter in Lincoln Square

An SUV driver has not been issued citations after she struck and killed a 2-year-old boy riding a mini-scooter in Lincoln Square Thursday evening, according to police.

The boy, Raphael Cardenas, was riding the scooter at Leavitt Street at Eastwood Avenue shortly before 6 pm when a woman driving a Mitsubishi struck him, the Chicago police said.

The child was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital and pronounced dead that evening, police said. The boy was identified as Raphael Cardenas by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The driver, a 24-year-old woman, has not been issued citations, police said Monday. The investigation remained open.

An online fundraiser has been started for Raphael’s mother and father, who is a teacher with Chicago Public Schools.

The Chicago Teachers Union wrote on social media: “A member of CTU family lost a son in a tragic accident… Condolences to their entire family and school community. There are few words for heartbreak like this.”

Services were planned for Tuesday at Shalom Memorial Park in Arlington Heights.

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