Memorial Day is traditionally the start of the summer season in Illinois. That means you will start seeing more people outside enjoying the nice weather. But hopefully, the prevalence of auto-pedestrian accidents in Cook County will be less throughout the summer than they have been this past week.
I already told you about the eight-year old boy who was killed when his bicycle was struck by a car in Skokie on Monday afternoon. Even though the boy was on the sidewalk, the car hit the bike and pushed it (and the boy) across a street into a parked car. Now, there’s word that the young woman who was behind the wheel of the offending vehicle had been smoking pot on the morning of the accident. Skokie police reportedly found both marijuana and amphetamines in her blood after the tragic wreck.
In addition, another pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on Thursday morning in Oak Lawn. About 8:15am, a pedestrian was found lying in the roadway near the intersection of Southwest Highway and Cicero Avenue. Authorities say that a pickup truck struck the individual as the victim was trying to cross Southwest Highway from north to south just west of Cicero (and about a quarter mile west of ManorCare Health Services’ east campus).
It’s unclear whether the pedestrian was in a marked crosswalk at the time of the Oak Lawn incident. If the person was inside a crosswalk and had the right-of-way, the pickup truck driver could be named as the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit. In Skokie, the woman already faces the possibility of being the target of a wrongful death lawsuit by the parents of the deceased boy.