A police officer driving an unmarked squad car struck and killed a pedestrian early Wednesday in the South Chicago neighborhood.

The Major Accidents Investigation Unit was on the scene at 79th Street and Burnham Avenue, where street lights are out for several blocks in the area, raising questions about whether the officer could see the man he struck.

The officer was driving east in the 2800 block of East 79th Street around 1:15 a.m., when he struck the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

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