Dailyherald.com recently released that a staff member at an Aurora therapeutic day school was struck and killed approximately two weeks ago while trying to rescue a student who had run into the street. A Chicago wrongful death lawyer at our firm learned that the 57-year old of Des Plaines, Illinois was killed at the scene at the crash on Church Road near Corporate Boulevard. Police said an 18-year old female student ran from Northern Illinois Academy’s facility into a southbound lane of Church Road. The woman and two other staff members reportedly followed her and attempted to remove her from the street when a driver traveling south on Church Road struck the woman and another staff member from Plainfield.
The report states that the Plainfield man was taken to a nearby hospital with non life-threatening injuries and has been released. The student and the additional staff member were not injured. Sadly, the Des Plaines woman was killed upon impact. To make matters worse, the driver of the vehicle that struck her abandoned his vehicle and fled from the scene on foot. Police are said to “have a good idea as to the driver’s identity,” but as of last week he had not yet been located.
The Kane County coroner’s office scheduled an autopsy shortly after the accident. The state board is education will be looking into the accident to determine what happened, according to an education spokeswoman. Additionally, they may review the day school’s policies and procedures. Aurora police are asking anyone with information about the accident to call traffic investigators at any time.
Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents are common throughout Illinois due to negligent truck and passenger vehicle drivers and often result in fatalities. The American Automobile Association found that Illinois hit-and-run accidents have increased by 15% since 2000. From 1994 to 2003, a total of 14,914 people were killed in hit-and-run crashes in the United States, about 60% of these victims having been pedestrians. Surviving victims of these accidents report that they feel especially violated because they were not only struck by a vehicle, but the driver of the vehicle showed no remorse and failed to stop to see if the victims were okay.
Our law firm believes it is important for all drivers to know what to do if involved in a hit-and-run accident. Illinois laws state that after any type of collision with an individual or another vehicle, the driver is legally required to stop, make a reasonable effort to contact the other party, and remain at the scene until authorities have been notified. If the driver fails to take these steps after the accident and flees the scene, prison time and fines may be issued as a result. Victims should make every attempt to identify the vehicle and/or driver if he does leave the scene in the case that a witness is needed to prove the driver was responsible for the accident.
Victims of hit-and-run accidents have the right to seek legal action to cover personal injury, medical expenses, or property damage as a result of the crash. Our attorneys have handled numerous wrongful death cases and represent individuals who were wrongfully killed or injured because of driver negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered in a motor vehicle accident, contact us for more information.