There are a plethora of reasons why it’s unwise to flee the scene of an auto-pedestrian accident in Illinois. First and foremost, it’s morally wrong to run away when someone may be hurt. Next, it’s against Illinois law to leave the scene of such an accident. Also, the victim may be able to identify your vehicle, so you’ll eventually be caught anyway. And practically speaking, you’re unlikely to successfully vanish because of the probability of someone witnessing the incident – especially if that somebody is a police officer.
That was the case this week in Chicago in the South Side neighborhood of East Chatham. Around 11pm Tuesday night, a sedan struck a man near the intersection of Ingleside Avenue and 83rd Street about a quarter mile northwest of Avalon Park. After the impact, the car dragged the man down the block before fleeing the scene.
The man was rushed to Stroger Hospital in serious condition. But because two Chicago Police officers in a squad car witnessed the accident, they were quickly able to radio the vehicle description to their colleagues, who located the car on Blackstone Avenue less than a mile east of the crash site. Three suspects at the home where the car was discovered have been taken into custody.
Once Chicago Police determine who was driving the sedan, the injured man could choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the suspect. Such legal action could allow the victim to collect reimbursement for medical expenses such as ambulance charges, hospitalization costs, treatment and medications, and even physical therapy. In addition, the defendant might be ordered to pay monetary damages for mental anguish and loss of care or companionship, as well as compensation for lost wages due to work absenteeism the man may have incurred due to the auto-pedestrian accident (including missing work for follow-up doctor’s visits).