It’s always horrifying when a person is struck by a car and killed in the state of Illinois. But it’s arguably even more tragic when the driver involved in the auto-pedestrian accident flees the scene. Not only is there a sense that justice hasn’t been done, but it becomes harder for the family and friends of the victim to gain any sort of closure if the person who caused the accident is still out there. And there’s another reason as well – which we’ll get to in a moment.
This is the situation after a fatal hit-and-run accident in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago in June. Just before midnight on Friday, June 14, a 21-year old woman was volunteering at a cultural center when she walked outside to take out the trash near the intersection of West 32nd Street and South Morgan Street (less than a mile south of the Stephenson Expressway) when she was struck by what is believed to be a dark Honda Accord sedan. The force of the impact was so great that the woman’s body was thrown over one car and through the back window of another. She was pronounced dead early the next morning.
In addition to the grief and anger that the loved ones of the woman are feeling, her family is facing some significant expenses which arise whenever someone passes away. The survivors have the right to be reimbursed for burial charges and other related-costs, but they won’t be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit until the identity of the hit-and-run driver is determined. In addition, this lawsuit might also allow the plaintiffs to collect monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of companionship; as well as estimated future wages that the recent art school graduate would have earned in her lifetime.