By Bob Uphues
The owner of a Riverside dry-cleaning business was killed early Saturday morning when he was struck by a semi-tractor trailer while he was in the roadway in the 1400 block of West North Avenue in Chicago.
It's not clear why Kye Yul Kim, 72, was walking in that area of the city at 6:40 a.m. on April 19. A spokeswoman for Chicago Police News Affairs had few details regarding the incident other than to say, Kim was struck by the truck while he was in the roadway.
Kim owned and operated Riverside Cleaners at 2710 Harlem Ave., which is the address Kim apparently has used as his principal address for many years, according to Riverside police. Kim was known to stay often in a room in the back of the business.
At the time of his death, there was a sign on the door of Riverside Cleaners stating that the business was closed due to an emergency until April 23. When a Riverside police officer went to the business at about 9 a.m. on April 19, he spoke to a 32-year-old man who identified himself as Kim's son.
Kim's son told police that he was at the business to take his father to the airport. He reportedly did not know about his father's death until told by the police officer.
The building at 2710 Harlem Ave. was owned by Kim, according to records on file with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, and had been listed for sale recently.