The untimely death of a person can be difficult not only for his or her family members, but also friends and colleagues. This is especially true when the deceased is a young person, because his or her peers may not be as emotionally equipped to deal with this type of sudden loss. Schools in Illinois are very cognizant of this fact, which is why they always bring in grief counselors to assist students whenever a classmate dies unexpectedly.
That’s what is happening this week at Schaumburg High School after the weekend death of one of its students. Sometime around 12:30am Saturday morning, police in the Chicago suburb discovered a body lying in the roadway near the intersection of Schaumburg Road and Branchwood Drive, which is just east of Maple Park and about a half mile west of Roselle Road. The 18-year old man was pronounced dead less than a half hour later after attempts to revive him failed. Authorities believe that the teen was struck by a vehicle which fled the scene, and they are asking for the public’s help in figuring out precisely what happened to the student. The man lived a couple miles southwest of the auto-pedestrian accident scene.
Most importantly, the man’s family wants to know exactly what happened to their loved one. But another reason that information in this case is so important is because when police locate the person responsible for the teen’s death, the family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against that individual. Such a suit could allow the plaintiffs to collect reimbursement for burial expenses and maybe monetary damages for pain and suffering or loss of companionship. They could also receive compensation for the estimated wages that the victim would have earned in his lifetime had the accident never occurred.