Spring break is usually circled on the calendars of students long before it arrives each year. When it does finally roll around, students relax, have fun, and make memories. Some celebrate it so much that they feel fortunate to survive the week. But sadly, a few don’t survive the week at all.
That’s why fellow students at Evanston Township High School are dealing with the shock that one of their own has been taken from them prematurely. On Thursday, March 29th at around 9pm, a vehicle carrying several teens was speeding down Howard Street on the Evanston-Chicago border between Kedzie and California Avenues when the driver lost control. The vehicle broadsided a tree on the parkway, and an 18-year old man celebrating spring break was killed. Four others sustained injuries that were considered to be non-life threatening and transported to a nearby hospital, while one occupant fled the scene on foot. Police are not yet sure which person was driving.
Hopefully, authorities can determine the identity of the driver, because that individual will be held responsible for the auto accident and the death of the Evanston Township senior. If that happens, the surviving family members of the deceased teen will be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit, which can enable them to collect reimbursement for burial expenses, monetary damages for pain and suffering, and the estimated future wages that the senior would have earned in his lifetime had the crash never taken place. Also, the four people who were injured (two of whom were also students at Evanston Township) can file personal injury lawsuits with the hopes of being reimbursed for their medical expenses. If the injured victims were minors, their parents would have to file these lawsuits on their children’s behalf.