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Chicago moped rider in coma after crash causes spinal cord injury

A 40-year-old man is fighting for his life at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center after being hit by a BMW while riding his moped. The man was struck by the car when the driver of the vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign.

The 29-year-old male driver of the BMW left the scene of the accident, but that didn't stop him from facing charges because of the accident. Witnesses wrote down the vehicle's license plate information. The car was registered to the driver's girlfriend. Police officers found the man at his home, which was around a half mile from where he hit the moped rider.

The moped rider suffered a spinal cord injury and has a brain bleed. He has been placed in a medically-induced coma with the hope that his body will be able to recover from this horrific accident.

At a bond hearing for the driver of the BMW, the judge set a $250,000 bail. The driver faces a misdemeanor charge for driving on a suspended driver's license. He also faces a felony charge for failing to report the accident. He did allegedly admit to hitting the man on the moped with the BMW.

For the man who is in a medically-induced coma and his family, knowing that the person who is responsible for the accident is facing criminal charges might bring them some comfort. It won't, however, help them to cover the man's medical bills and other expenses that are likely piling up because of the accident. The man might opt to seek compensation from the driver if he recovers from his injuries. If he succumbs to this, his family members have that same right.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Logan Square man charged in accident that put moped rider in coma" Mitch Smith, Jun. 15, 2014

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