We told you about the somewhat mysterious auto accident scene encountered by police on 183rd and South 80th Avenue in Tinley Park this weekend. Around 2am Sunday morning, police discovered two wrecked vehicles at an intersection in the Chicago suburb; one with an injured 50-year old woman, and the other with a 33-year old Orland Park man behind the wheel. The woman eventually died at a hospital several hours later, and the man was taken into custody by police while the events surrounding the incident were sorted out.
After some investigation, Tinley Park police charged the 33-year old man with aggravated driving under the influence, reckless homicide, and a few moving violations. Though neither the details of the Illinois auto accident nor the blood alcohol content of the suspect were released, authorities did feel that they had enough evidence to level DUI charges against the man, who is being held on $300,000 bond.
Regardless of whether the Orland Park man is convicted on some or all of the charges against him, it appears that the family of the 50-year old woman has solid grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit against the suspect. The woman is survived by her husband, a college-age daughter, a son who is in the Marines, and four stepchildren.
A wrongful death lawsuit could allow the family to receive monetary damages for loss of care and companionship, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. Because the case involved drunk driving, there is also the possibility of a jury ordering the defendant to pay punitive damages as well. In addition, the plaintiffs could receive compensation for estimated wages the woman may have earned in her lifetime; as well as reimbursement for hospital expenses and burial charges. The funeral for the victim was already held at a mosque in Frankfort, and she will be buried in her native Pakistan.