Chicago and its surrounding metropolitan area are always bustling with activity. Many people rely on their own personal vehicles and public transportation in order to get from one place to another. Unfortunately, car accidents do happen, and when an accident is a result of another person’s negligence, victims who are injured, or families of victims who have been killed, may be eligible for compensation.
About 25 miles from downtown Chicago, a family in Gary, Indiana may have a more difficult time suing a driver that recently killed a 13-year-old boy and injured another boy, because the driver took off after the accident. The dark-colored vehicle apparently drove off of the road and onto the curb where it struck the two boys.
While motor vehicle accidents are common in Chicago and Gary, fatal pedestrian accidents such as this one happen with less frequency. This accident occurred during the evening hours, and an accident investigation is still in progress. Police are searching for the vehicle that hit these two boys.
Though the surviving youth suffered non-life threatening injuries, he will have to live for the rest of his life knowing he survived a violent accident that claimed his friend’s life. He may experience pain and suffering from both his physical injuries and the emotional trauma that he suffered.
As for the family of the deceased child, the healing process may not yet have begun. After dealing with the child’s final arrangements and funeral, his family may begin evaluating its rights to pursue damages against the driver who caused the young man’s death.
Source: NBC 5 News Chicago, “Teen killed, boy injured in Gary hit-and-run,” April 14, 2014