Driving on Chicago streets is a difficult activity even on the best of days just because of the sheer number of vehicles on the roadways. For pedestrians and those who are parked along these roadways, the danger while they are going about their activities is extreme. For two people who were in the parking lane of N. Sheridan Road, a driver's rushed and reckless driving ended with them being struck.
The man was loading food into the car, which was parked in the parking lane in front of a food pantry, was killed when he flung into the air when was struck by the car. The female who was with him suffered from injuries but wasn't killed.
The driver of a red Ford Focus passed other vehicles that were stopped at a red light to go straight through the light. He swerved into that parking lane to avoid hitting a CTA bus that was stopped. His actions started a chain reaction that ended up causing other collisions. When the Focus hit the victim's car, that car began the reaction that included two other vehicles and a stopped bus.
When it was all done, six people were injured in the car accident, and one was killed. The female who was with the man who was killed, four other people and the driver of the Focus were the injured parties.
The driver of the Focus now faces criminal charges for the accident. It is alleged that he didn't even try to stop his vehicle. Prosecutors say that he has no criminal record, wasn't drinking and had a valid license to drive. He is currently in the hospital with head trauma and broken fingers. His bail was set at $300,000.
All of the people who were injured and the family members of the man who was killed all have likely incurred expenses because of the actions of this driver. They also have to deal with the pain -- emotional and physical -- of the accident.
When you are injured in an accident or have a loved one who was killed in an accident, knowing that the person who was at fault is facing the criminal justice system might bring some comfort. It won't help with the monetary worries. For those worries, seeking compensation through the civil courts might help.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Reckless homicide charges filed in fatal Edgewater Beach accident" Steve Schmadeke, Aug. 01, 2014