It is regrettable anytime a person is killed during a car crash, but those emotions are felt most severely when the victim dies at the hands of a drunk driver. A Chicago woman is currently experiencing that tragedy right now after a brutal hit-and-run driver killed her mother. Police say the 67-year old victim was crossing the street near the 5000 block of W. North Ave. around 9:45 p.m. last Sunday when an alleged drunk driver struck her with his car. He then reportedly ran over her before he made a U-turn and fled the scene. Police say the woman died after she was admitted to Loyola University Medical Center.
The accident occurred in the West Side Austin neighborhood, and according to police the driver of the vehicle, a 32-year-old Maywood, Illinois, man, is facing several charges for her death. Most significant of those charges are aggravated DUI causing injury or death, leaving the scene of the accident causing injury or death and failure to report an accident. The man is currently on parole for a previous offense. Police also charged him with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of drugs. The bond hearing is still pending at this time.
A family can never truly recover from the loss of a loved one in such a horrific fatal accident, but it is still possible for the victim's daughter to recover monetary awards to compensate her for the lost time and shared experiences she will never have again with her mother. Hopefully, she will pursue some compensation to assuage her anguish at this completely preventable loss.
Source: CBS Chicago, "Maywood Man Charged In Sunday Fatal Hit-And-Run" No author given, Apr. 22, 2014