The Lawndale neighborhood in Chicago has a long and rich history. Eastern Europeans began flocking to Lawndale in the late 19th century. It soon became a popular area for culture lovers who enjoyed drama, music, and literature. Later, it even served as the home of Dr. Martin Luther King for a period of time.
Unfortunately, this past weekend was a sad time for Lawndale, which was the spot of a fatal auto accident.
Around 5:30am Saturday morning, a woman in her 20s was driving a Grand Prix northbound on Homan Avenue, just a quarter mile west of Douglas Park. As she entered the intersection with Douglas Boulevard, a Monte Carlo driving east ran a red light and slammed into the side of the Grand Prix. The young woman was rushed to Saint Anthony Hospital, but she succumbed to her injuries shortly thereafter. The driver then fled the scene on foot and is still at large.
It is a virtual certainty that the driver of the Monte Carlo will be held solely responsible for the deadly auto accident and the death of the young woman. Hopefully, the Monte Carlo’s registration records will help Chicago Police identify the individual who was driving it. That’s important not only so the perpetrator can be held criminally responsible for his or her actions, but also so the family members of the victim know against whom to file a wrongful death lawsuit should they choose to do so.
Such legal action may allow the family to collect lost wages which would have been earned by the woman in her lifetime had she not died in the auto accident. A jury may also order the defendant to reimburse the plaintiffs for hospital charges and burial costs and/or pay out damages related to mental anguish and loss of care and companionship.