Chicago-Area Car Crash Kills Five-Year-Old Child
A road accident of any kind can be traumatic and serious. Drunk driving or reckless driving can result in serious injuries and even in death. Recently, police reported a case of alleged drunk driving that led to a tragic death in the Chicago-area.
The horrific car accident took place in Highland Park on Labor Day. The driver of a black Lexus allegedly struck and killed a five-year-old girl as she was walking on Central Avenue near Green Bay Road with her mother and two younger brothers. A witness to the accident – a 17-year-old Deerfield High School student – reported that the car cut through two lanes of traffic and hit the family.
According to the witness, after the initial hit, the car rolled back and was again moving toward the family slowly. The witness put himself between the car and the family and tried his best to push back the vehicle.
The victims were taken to the hospital where the girl was pronounced dead, however, the other family members thankfully only had minor injuries. The driver, an 18-year-old woman, was taken to Highland Park Hospital and was released after treatment.
In the case of drunk driving, the victim or the victim’s family may be entitled to damages through personal injury or wrongful death claims. Although no amount of compensation can replace a loved one, it definitely helps in the recovery process and relieves the victim or the victim’s family from many financial burdens, such as medical bills. Victims should be aware of their rights and the law of the state to protect them from negligence.
Source: CBS Chicago, “Mayor ‘frustrated’ by investigation of crash that killed 5-year-old girl,” Sept. 5, 2012