Most of the people in Illinois have now put the Thanksgiving holiday in their rear-view mirror and are now concentrating on the upcoming holiday season. But a couple of families are still anxiously awaiting on some unfinished business of sorts. That’s because they each had loved ones who were victimized in hit-and-run auto accidents in Chicago.
The first incident took place on Wednesday in the South Chicago neighborhood. Around 6:30pm, a 29-year old woman was putting her child into a car safety seat in her Chevrolet Impala at the intersection of South Burley Avenue and 87th Street (about a mile north of the Calumet River). As she was finishing this process, a white sport utility vehicle struck the woman and her car and then sped away on eastbound 87th. The woman suffered critical injuries and was rushed to an Oak Lawn hospital, but the child was not hurt.
Then on Saturday, another hit-and-run auto accident occurred in the Windy City. About 5:30am, a car struck another car on West Division Street between North Central Park Avenue and North Homan Avenue (about a half mile west of Humboldt Park). A 21-year old man had to be transported to a nearby hospital in serious condition, while his 24-year old brother succumbed to his injuries less than an hour later. The driver of the offending vehicle fled the scene and is still at large.
The drivers of the two hit-and-run vehicles face criminal charges; but if and when they are identified, the victims and their families will know from whom to obtain financial relief. The young woman could file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver of the SUV, and the surviving family members of the man who died in the other crash could file a wrongful death lawsuit on his behalf against the driver of the car that fled the scene. In situations like these it’s important to contact an experienced Illinois auto accident lawyer.