Even though school has been out for a few weeks throughout the state of Illinois, there is still plenty of summer vacation left for kids to enjoy. Many of them may try to take advantage of their free time by swimming, skateboarding, hanging out with friends, or playing video games. Sadly, one eighth-grader is probably going to spend the rest of his summer recuperating from serious injuries sustained in a hit-and-run accident.
Around 5pm on the evening of Wednesday, June 19, two teenaged brothers were riding their bicycles on the near southeast side of Aurora less than a mile east of the Fox River. The teens were rising near the intersection of Talma Street and Fifth Avenue when what was described as a dark-colored, late-model Nissan Pathfinder with a luggage rack drove eastbound on 5th and struck the bicycle being ridden by the 13-year old boy. Though the sport utility vehicle slowed right after the impact, it then fled the scene of the bicycle accident. The boy is now trying to recover from serious injuries at a Maywood hospital.
Aurora Police are still searching for the driver of the SUV, who is believed to be a Hispanic woman in her early 30s with long, dark hair. If police succeed in identifying this woman, not only does she faces charges of fleeing the scene of an injury accident, but she could also be named as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit which could be filed by the mother of the victim. A jury could award the woman reimbursement for the hefty medical expenses that the family has incurred since the bicycle accident, and possibly even monetary damages for pain and suffering.
We can only hope that the driver is identified by the time that the 13-year old boy has fully recovered from his injuries.