People who don’t live in Chicago may not understand that this major city sees activity of one sort or another 24 hours a day. As a result, non-Chicagoans may be suspicious of people who tend to be on the streets during the overnight hours. They may wonder, “What in the world is a man doing at a quarter of four in the morning walking in a crosswalk?”
The answer? Crossing a street lawfully.
That’s why authorities are on the lookout for a hit-and-run driver which struck and killed a pedestrian this weekend. Around 3:45am Saturday morning, an 18-year old man was crossing Pulaski Road in a marked crosswalk about a mile north of the Stevenson Expressway in the Little Village neighborhood on the city’s West Side. Chicago Police say that the man was hit by a vehicle which fled the scene. The man was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries less than an hour later. Police do not have a description of the vehicle that killed the teen.
It’s not known why the victim was walking on Pulaski Street so early in the morning. But the reason is not relevant; what’s important is that he was in a crosswalk when he was struck, meaning that he had the right-of-way. Since the vehicle did not yield to the man, its driver is responsible for the auto-pedestrian accident and the teenager’s death. If and when authorities located the vehicle’s driver, he or she could be named as the defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the victim’s surviving family members.
This suit could yield a high dollar amount in damages because of the estimated future wages that the teen could have earned in his lifetime. The plaintiffs are entitled to these funds, as well as reimbursement for medical and burial expenses and perhaps more monetary damages for loss of care and companionship or pain and suffering.