WLWT News reported yesterday on a tragic truck accident involving a young woman. Early yesterday morning, shortly before 4 a.m., Tanishia Elliot was getting sick and pulled her vehicle over to the side of the highway. Her friend, 27 year old Aujeni Washington, pulled her vehicle over to the side as well in order to help Elliot. Both friends had been out to celebrate Washington’s 27th birthday.
Washington got out of her car and started walking toward Elliot. As she was walking, she was hit by a semitrailer that was traveling down the highway. She was stuck under the truck and dragged down the freeway before she was able to free herself. Paramedics rushed Washington to the hospital where she remains in critical condition.
Investigators are still not sure what caused the truck driver to veer off the road and strike Washington. They believe that the driver may not have known that he hit anyone. They are still searching to find the driver of the semi.
Washington’s parents are shocked and angered by the highway accident. Her father explained, “I just want you all to track him down-that’s all. I just want some justice and closure.”
Stopping and walking along a highway remains an incredibly dangerous action. The risk increases tremendously after sunset, when visibility worsens. It is for the same reason that all drivers need to remain extra vigilant to ensure that they do not accidentally leave their designated lane and slip onto the road shoulder where other cars may be stopped. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys encourage pedestrians, drivers, and passengers to take all precautions when traveling on the highway to ensure that semi accidents like this are avoided in the future.