Sometimes, you can look at a certain spot in Illinois and easily figure out why it’s prone to auto accidents. Maybe it’s an intersection where three or more streets cross each other, or a curvy stretch of roadway which is difficult to see around. But then there are locations which offer no obvious reason why clusters of crashes are reported there.
One such “hot spot” in Chicago is a mile-long stretch of Pulaski Road running from the Eisenhower Expressway northward to the railroad tracks near Kinzie Street in the Garfield Park neighborhood. That section of road is gaining a reputation as “hit-and-run central.”
Back on June 14, a 19-year old woman was struck by a car while trying to cross Madison Street near Pulaski. The car with four males fled the scene, and the woman suffered critical injuries. Then this past weekend, a 53-year old man was walking his bicycle along Pulaski between Gladys Avenue and Jackson Boulevard when he was critically injured after being hit by a minivan. The vehicle’s driver actually turned around and drove past the scene again before speeding away, though he was arrested shortly thereafter.
And now, a third hit-and-run auto-pedestrian accident in the area has left a victim with critical injuries. On Wednesday evening about 9pm, a 52-year old woman was crossing Pulaski at the intersection of Lake Street when a car tried to make a right turn from Lake onto Pulaski. The car struck the woman and then fled the scene, leaving the victim with leg injuries and head damage.
Not only is it vital that hit-and-run drivers be caught and prosecuted, it is also vital that they be identified so the victims have an opportunity to file personal injury lawsuits against them if they choose to do so. These suits often allow plaintiffs to collect reimbursement for the hefty medical costs that are associated with treating critical injuries.