It’s common for parents to worry about their teenage children. That’s because even if teens are following the rules and acting responsibly, they are still in danger of being hurt in certain situations. This point was illustrated in Chicago recently as a total of four female teens were injured while crossing the street in two separate auto accidents.
The first auto accident occurred Thursday evening around 6:30pm. According to police, a 19-year old woman was on West Madison Street near Pulaski Road (about a half mile west of Garfield Park) on the city’s West Side. A car carrying four males struck her while she was crossing the street, and she suffered critical injuries. The car fled the scene and has not been located. Police describe the vehicle as a 1990s model Buick Park Avenue or LeSabre, which is white in color with black trim and has damage to the windshield and headlight assembly.
On Sunday night around 10:45pm, three more teenagers were injured in an auto-pedestrian accident. A 19-year old woman, a 17-year old girl, and a 15-year old girl were trying to cross Humboldt Boulevard near North Avenue on the northern edge of Humboldt Park when they were hit by a Nissan Sentra. The youngest teen reportedly suffered a broken pelvis, while the other two sustained head injuries. The car fled the scene, but was abandoned about a block and a half away; and police eventually apprehended the 20-year old driver and his passenger on foot. The driver has been charged with DUI.
It’s pretty clear that the Sentra driver will be held liable for the injuries to the three teens. As a result, the parents of the 17-year old and the 15-year old can file personal injury lawsuits against the suspect, while the 19-year old woman can sue on her own behalf. As for the Thursday incident, the victim cannot file suit until the driver is identified.