It can be a jarring situation for any family. On one day, they’re celebrating the birthday of a healthy relative. The next day, they’re mourning the death of the same person. No family should have to endure such torment and anguish. Unfortunately, the family of a Chicago woman is doing just that.
On Sunday, a woman in Portage Park celebrated her 67th birthday. But on Monday evening, that woman was walking in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, which is just southwest of the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago. The woman was in a crosswalk trying to cross Higgins Avenue at the intersection of Long Avenue just east of Jefferson Park itself. A Ford Expedition traveling west on Higgins struck the woman and injured her severely. She was rushed to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, but died from her injuries after she arrived.
The 54-year old Chicago man who was driving the sport utility vehicle remained at the scene. He was cited by Chicago Police for failing to exercise due care of a pedestrian in a roadway. There’s no indication that the woman did not have the right of way as she attempted to cross the busy street. So it’s very likely that he will be held fully responsible for the auto-pedestrian accident and the death of the elderly woman.
If they choose to do so, the surviving family members of the victim could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the SUV driver. This lawsuit could allow the family to get reimbursed for ambulance expenses, hospital costs, and burial charges. In addition, the family may receive lost future wages if the victim was employed prior to the accident. Finally, a jury may order the defendant to pay out damages for pain and suffering or loss of care and companionship to the grieving family.