A 54-year-old Morton Grove man is facing a felony charge for a fatal hit-and-run accident involving a 25-year-old bicyclist. The accident occurred on the evening of July 13 at Pennsylvania Avenue and Algonquin Road in Des Plaines. Authorities say that the car involved in the accident is owned by the driver's employer, United Airlines.
After he was found lying in the road by police, the bicyclist, who lived in Des Plaines, was taken to a Park Ridge hospital. He succumbed to the multiple injuries he suffered less than two hours after the accident.
Des Plaines police say that the driver admitted in a videotaped statement to being behind the wheel at the time of the fatal accident. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for United Airlines says that they are "fully cooperating with authorities." The car was traced to a United facility on East Algonquin Road.
It was not reported what caused the driver to hit the bicyclist. However, he is currently facing a single felony count involving leaving a fatal accident scene and not any type of DUI charges. The Cook County medical examiner's office ruled the death an accident.
When a person is harmed or killed by someone driving a vehicle that is owned by his or her employer, it may be possible to hold that company as well as the driver civilly liable. That's why a thorough investigation of the vehicle and the circumstances behind the accident is necessary. There is always a possibility that the vehicle was not properly maintained or that the driver should not have been allowed behind the wheel. It's worthwhile for victims or surviving loved ones to seek experienced legal guidance to find out what their options are.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, "United Airlines employee charged with fatal hit-and-run crash," Leeann Shelton, July 14, 2015