It’s bad enough when anyone strikes a pedestrian with their car and then flees the scene. You’d think that common human decency would be enough to remain on site, assist the injured individual, and be accountable for their actions. But it’s even worse when a person who ostensibly works for a public entity (and whose salary is paid by taxpayers) causes a hit-and-run auto-pedestrian accident and leaves a pedestrian seriously injured.
That’s what prosecutors are alleging occurred in Naperville last week. According to Naperville Police, on Thursday morning around 7:45am a 48-year old man was walking on Wagner Road near Walter Lane in a residential neighborhood about 3 1/2 miles east of Lincoln Highway when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle. His body was found along the side of the road by two women walking their dogs. Here’s perhaps the most disturbing part of the story: police found the SUV in a driveway about 120 yards away from the site of the collision. They then arrested a 63-year old director of the South Cook-Will County Soil and Water Conservation District (and a former Will County board member) after he made what were described as self-incriminating statements.
So if the allegations are true, the bureaucrat struck the man, drove 120 yards to his home, parked in his driveway, and didn’t report the incident or assist the victim in any way. The 48-year old was reportedly admitted to the intensive care unit of a hospital with a brain injury.
Regardless of how the 63-year old fares in his criminal case, the victim still has solid grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the SUV owner. This could allow the 48-year old to collect reimbursement for medical expenses, monetary damages for pain and suffering, and unearned wages from time missed at work due to the auto-pedestrian accident.