We hope you had a pleasant Labor Day weekend. Many people in Illinois gathered with family and friends, went on a trip, or just relaxed at home. Unfortunately, one family will remember this past Labor Day for a different – and horrifying – reason.
On Monday afternoon about 2:30pm, a mother and her three young children were walking on the sidewalk along Central Avenue near Second Avenue, about a quarter mile west of Sunset Woods Park in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park in Lake County. A Lexus coupe driven by an 18-year old woman drove across two lanes of traffic and up over the curb. Her car struck all four family members, and then reportedly backed up over at least one of them before her vehicle was stopped by a witness. The 25-year old mother, a five-year old girl, and two boys aged two and four all had to be rushed to area hospitals. But the girl succumbed to her injuries at around 5pm that evening. Highland Park police have not yet filed charges against the driver, in part because they are awaiting toxicology results taken from the woman.
Regardless of whether the teen is found to have been driving under the influence, she will most likely be held solely responsible for the fatal auto-pedestrian accident. If she chooses to do so, the 25-year old victim could file personal injury lawsuits on her behalf as well as for her two injured children; and also file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of her deceased daughter.