If you drive through many neighborhoods in the city of Chicago, you’ll probably notice quite a few people pushing youngsters in strollers. It’s common for parents to take their children out for a walk and let them enjoy the fresh air. Unfortunately, it only takes one careless driver to cause a tragic auto-pedestrian accident.
That’s what happened in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago this week. On Monday morning around 11:45am, a grandmother was pushing a stroller with her grandson in a crosswalk on North Clark Street at the intersection of Roslyn Place, which is about a quarter mile north of West Fullerton Parkway. A Toyota car reportedly struck both the woman and the child, leaving the woman with a broken leg and the youngster with significant injuries. (News reports conflict on the boy’s age; one says he was five years old, while another puts his age at around seven or eight months.)
The woman was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, while the child was transported to Lurie’s Children’s Hospital. Both victims were reportedly in serious-to-critical condition. The man driving the Toyota received two traffic citations from Chicago Police.
The crosswalk where the auto-pedestrian accident took place was marked; plus, there was a sign at that location which instructed motorists to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk as per state law. So it appears that the driver will be held primarily or solely responsible for the injuries to the woman and her grandson. Should she choose to do so, the woman could file a personal injury lawsuit against the man, and a parent of the other victim could do the same on behalf of their child. This could allow the plaintiffs to collect reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospital expenses, and future physical therapy costs; as well as possibly receive monetary damages for mental anguish.