Many people plan to do fun things on their birthday. Whether it’s a simple work gathering or a dinner with friends, or something more elaborate like a large party or a lavish night on the town, people in Illinois and across the country tend to spend the anniversary of their birth in a memorable way. Unfortunately, one man’s birthday will also be remembered for the day he was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident.
At around 8:30pm on the evening of Tuesday, September 25, a 32-year old man and two other people were walking in the Avalon Park neighborhood of Chicago along with his 21-year old male cousin and another 31-year old woman. The trio was walking along Blackstone Avenue about a half mile west of the Chicago Skyway when they tried to cross the street. At that moment, a 17-year old boy driving a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta struck the three people before hitting another car on 83rd Street. The woman and the younger man were rushed to an area hospital where they were listed in stable and good condition, respectively. But the 32-year old man died from his injuries at an Oak Lawn hospital on his 32nd birthday.
The teen was taken into custody by police, and it appears that he will be held solely responsible for the auto-pedestrian accident. The woman and the 21-year old man have solid grounds for personal injury lawsuit against the teen’s parents (since minors cannot be named as defendants in Illinois lawsuits). These suits could allow the victims to be reimbursed for their medical care costs as well as for lost wages due to work absenteeism.
And the surviving family members of the 32-year old man could also file a wrongful death lawsuit on the victim’s behalf. The plaintiffs could be awarded reimbursement for hospital and burial expenses, monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of care or companionship, and estimated future wages that the victim would have earned in his lifetime.