We told you about the death of a man this weekend on the east side of O’Hare Airport in Chicago. He was walking near his disabled vehicle when he was struck and killed by another vehicle. The initial report indicated that the driver of the car had switched lanes and “may have been cut off.”
We told you that such a phrase could mean many things in the early phases of an investigation. But now, new information has come to light – and it illuminates exactly what happened on that Saturday.
According to Chicago Police, the 21-year old Romeoville woman who was driving the 2004 PT Cruiser southbound on Manheim Road swerved from left to right in an effort to pass a slower-moving vehicle. In doing so, she ran onto the shoulder and struck the 49-year old man and his disabled Volvo, propelling the victim some 30 feet away from his vehicle. The woman was subsequently arrested on charges of aggravated driving under the influence, as well as illegal transportation of alcohol and striking a pedestrian in the roadway.
Given this new information, it appears that the young woman who was charged with DUI will be held primarily or completely responsible for the auto-pedestrian accident and the death of the man. This means that his surviving relatives may elect to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Romeoville woman. The defendant may be ordered to reimburse the family for burial expenses, compensate them for lost future wages the man would have earned, and pay monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of companionship.
However, filing this lawsuit may present a problem, because the victim is originally from Poland. If all of his relatives live overseas, they must make arrangements to file the lawsuit in Cook County – which may involve traveling to Illinois to do so.