Illinois is now fully into the 2012 holiday season. That means residents are shopping for holiday foods, planning their family vacations, and even making up gift lists. But while everyone else is making preparations, law enforcement agencies in Cook County are busy hunting for two different drivers that struck and killed pedestrians over the weekend and fled the scene.
The first auto-pedestrian accident took place Saturday night around 9:30pm in the Belmont Central neighborhood on the Northwest Side of Chicago. A 21-year old man was trying to cross the street with friends when he was struck at the intersection of Mason and Diversey Avenues, just east of Austin Avenue. The victim later died at a nearby hospital, and the driver fled the scene. Chicago Police describe the car as a gray or dark-colored Mercury Grand Marquis, possibly with damage to its front end and windshield.
The second hit-and-run accident occurred in the Cook County Forest Preserve sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning. Cook County Sheriff’s Police say that what is believed to be a black Dodge Challenger struck and killed an unidentified pedestrian on Touhy Avenue between Talcott Road and the Tri-State Tollway.
There’s no specific information on what caused these two fatal auto-pedestrian accidents. But given that the drivers fled the scene in both cases, it’s easy to believe that they were at fault in the hit-and-run accidents. If and when these drivers are identified, the family members of the two victims can file wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of their deceased loved ones against the respective suspects. These suits would allow the plaintiffs to receive compensation for wages that the victims would have earned had they not been killed in the hit-and-run accidents. A jury could also order the defendants to reimburse the family for burial expenses and/or pay damages for loss of companionship and mental anguish.