'Such a nice guy' killed by bus in west suburb

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A man was hit by a Pace bus and killed early this afternoon near the border of Oak Park and Forest Park in the western suburbs, authorities said.

The man, identified as Edward Taube of Forest Park, was hit near Madison Street and Harlem Avenue by a No. 318/North Avenue bus about 12:15 p.m., said Patrick Wilmot, a spokesman for Pace Suburban Bus Service.

Oak Park Police said in a news release that the bus was turning from eastbound Madison onto northbound Harlem.

Taube was crossing Harlem west along the north side of Madison when he was hit, police said. He came in contact with part of the rear of the bus and then was run over, Wilmot said.
 
Emergency crews found him about 8 feet north of the crosswalk with severe leg trauma and significant loss of blood, police said.

Taube, of the 300 block of Des Plaines Avenue, was declared dead at 12:52 p.m. at Loyola University Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Odessa Wynn, Taube’s neighbor, said she’d been close with him for the four years she’d lived in the same Forest Park apartment complex, and called him “Ed.”

“He was my good friend,” Wynn said. “I’d always cook for him – chili, soup, muffins – and bring it down to his apartment. I was always looking out for him. We were like family.”

Of all the meals she shared with Taube, Wynn said muffins and potato pie were his favorites.

“He’d request three muffins when he knew I was making them,” Wynn said. “Always three.”

Wynn said Taube had a quiet nature but was funny and friendly once you got to know him.

“He loved to go shopping, so we’d go to Jewel or Walgreens together,” Wynn said. “I always had fun talking with him. He was such a nice guy.”

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