Protocol for drivers who accidentally strike people with their vehicles:
- Call 911
- Wait at the scene for police and paramedics to arrive
But some people in Illinois seem to think that all they are required to do is the first part of this sequence.
That may be the case in a bicycle-car accident involving a sport utility vehicle and a last week in Chicago. Back on September 24, a 52-year old man was riding a bicycle on the city’s Northwest Side on West School Street between Keeler and Karlov Avenues. That’s about a quarter mile west of the intersection Pulaski Road and Milwaukee Avenue, and a stone’s throw from Kindred Chicago Central Hospital. A man driving a silver SUV struck the bicyclist, then stopped, got out of the vehicle, and asked the victim, “Are you okay?” But then he got back into the SUV and fled the scene. The 52-year old wound up with critical injuries.
Chicago Police have released a description of the driver.
He is a Hispanic male with a medium to dark complexion, about 5’9″ or 5’10”, 180 pounds, and 29 to 30 years old with a forearm tattoo. The SUV is thought to be a Toyota Rav4 with a model year between 1998 and 2000 (based on camera footage which recorded the incident). Anyone with information about this individual should contact Chicago Police immediately.
Not only does the driver face criminal charges, but locating him is important to the victim as well. That’s because the 52-year old man could file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver and hopefully get reimbursed for ambulance expenses, hospital costs, and physical therapy charges. The plaintiff could also receive compensation for wages he did not earn because he missed work due to the hit-and-run bicycle accident – and perhaps even get monetary damages for pain and suffering.