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No justice for family of Illinois man who died in June accident

Earlier this year, a 37-year-old man died because of complications caused by a hit-and-run accident. At the time, he was driving a motorcycle in Olympia Fields, Illinois when a dark-green, four-door Kia sedan was driving in the center lane of U.S. 30, traveling west. The vehicle, which had a missing front bumper cover and some damage on the front end, went to make a right turn onto Brookwood Drive without entering the right lane. The unknown driver cut through the motorcyclist's lane of traffic, striking his vehicle and sped off, failing to stop for the automobile accident which had just occurred.

The man's parents spoke to him after he had been taken to the hospital. He had received a head wound, a broken foot, a broken hand and four cracked ribs, but staff at the hospital expected him to be discharged in the near future. Instead, he unexpectedly died.

The Cook County medical examiner's office said his multiple injuries caused by the accident were the cause of his death. According to reports though, no internal autopsy was performed. The parents of the deceased man are angry because of this. No leads in the case have also marred the mourning of the 37-year-old. The investigation into the unknown driver of the Kia has turned up little to nothing, though officials say they are currently looking into a singular person of interest.

The man's parents, who are joined by his wife and brother, are upset that nothing has been done to bring the driver that caused their loved one's death to justice. They are frustrated with the rate at which the investigation has moved forward, the allegedly poor decision-making that the medical examiner's office has made and the potentially incorrect diagnosis by hospital staff of the injuries that the 37-year-old had received.

Hopefully police will find a suspect and eventually prosecute the person responsible for the man's death. At that time, the family may choose to seek compensation in the wrongful death of their loved one.

Source: The Herald-News, "Months later, family still seeks answers in Mokena man's death," Darren Zancan, Nov. 17, 2011

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