Radiance May, Lawrence Hall employee, dies in Dan Ryan accident

Radiance May, 34, an employee of Lawrence Hall Youth Services in the Ravenswood neighborhood died in a one-car auto accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway last week. Chicago Breaking News reports the Albany Park resident lost control of her vehicle on the inbound Ryan shortly after midnight Nov. 5.

May was remembered by Bulldog photo editor Jane Rickard as someone who “cared about children and worked to improve their lives.”

Lawrence Hall CEO Mary Hollie said “Radiance touched the lives of so many children and youth. We join her family and friends in grieving her loss.”

Chicago Breaking News reports “Witnesses said she was traveling about 40 mph when she veered to the right, hitting a concrete barrier on the right shoulder, and then swerved to the left, hitting another concrete barrier head-on.”

Rickard said May had been working two jobs and was complaining how tired she was just days before the accident.

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for ChiTownDailyNews.org as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

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