There’s a sarcastic phrase that you may have heard before: “No good deed goes unpunished.” It’s a cynical viewpoint which refers to bad things that seem to befall those who try to help others. Sadly, this phrase applies to two people in Kane County who placed their well-being at risk while trying to help someone in need – and were struck by a car as a result.
The auto-pedestrian accident took place in Aurora last week. Around 5:30pm on January 21, an 18-year old woman wandered away from Northern Illinois Academy, a school which assists individuals who have psychiatric issues. A 57-year old Des Plaines woman and a 25-year old Plainfield man, both of whom work at the academy, went searching for the teen and found her sitting in the roadway on Church Street near Corporate Boulevard (just north of the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway) just down the street from the school. While the man and woman were aiding the teen, a 1997 Chevrolet Geo Metro traveling south on Church Road struck the two school employees. The driver, who is believed to be a 44-year old man, stopped the car, got out, and fled the scene on foot. The 25-year old man was injured, and the Des Plaines woman was killed in the accident.
The 44-year old man is still at large and is facing four felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident. Once authorities confirm that the 44-year old man was indeed the hit-and-run driver, he could be named as the defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the surviving family members of the woman. In addition, the Plainfield man could choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the Metro driver as well. Both lawsuits could yield monetary damages, medical cost reimbursement, and compensation for wages for the plaintiffs.