Karma. Fate. Just desserts. These are all terms that are often used to describe the ramifications of events that befall someone who has engaged in inappropriate behavior or activity. If you know where to look, you can find many cases of this phenomenon that take place in Illinois. Here is one such instance:
Early Saturday morning around 12:15am, a 45-year old man had apparently been drinking when he got behind the wheel of his vehicle (despite having a driver’s license that had been suspended) in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago. After starting the engine, the man reportedly pulled away from the curb, crossed at least one lane of traffic while driving the wrong way on a one-way street, and struck a 38-year old man who was walking to his car. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition, and the driver fled the scene of the auto accident.
This scenario happens all too often. Sometimes, the driver is never located, meaning that police don’t know whom to charge for the crime. But in this situation, things did not work out so well for the 45-year old man.
He apparently drove home and subsequently began arguing with his fiancée fervently enough to spur a domestic disturbance call to police. When authorities arrived shortly after 1am, they realized that the man was wanted in connection with the aforementioned hit-and-run incident. After a brief scuffle, police arrested the man on a variety of charges, including aggravated driving under the influence.
Not only will this man face justice, but the victim now knows who to name should he decide to file a personal injury lawsuit. This legal action could allow the 38-year old man to collect reimbursement for health care expenses and unearned wages from lost time at work due to absenteeism. The plaintiff may even receive monetary damages for pain and suffering in connection with the auto-pedestrian accident.