A deadly Chicago truck crash struck in the midst of this week’s blizzard, reports ABC Local News.
The truck accident occurred Wednesday, near the lake in the 2800 block of South Archer Avenue. According to reports, the victim was a 60-year old man who was walking along the lakefront in the middle of the storm. Visibility was obviously curtailed with the near white-out conditions of the blizzard. It is unclear whether the man’s vehicle was stalled and he was walking to seek warmth or for some other reason.
While the victim was walking along the lakefront, a City of Chicago Department of Transportation truck came barreling down upon him while in reverse. The truck struck the man, sending his injured body into Diversy Harbor. It was only hours later that authorities were able to pull the man’s body from the frigid, snowy, turbulent lake. He died from his injuries.
City of Chicago police officers have cited the truck driver for operating the vehicle in reverse and not exercising the required care for a pedestrian. Investigations into the accident are on-going.
Our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti send condolences to all those suffering in blizzard related accidents. While genuine accidents do occur on our roadways, there is never an excuse for failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of fellow travelers. That care and caution deemed reasonable is certainly heightened in extreme weather, such as this week’s blizzard. The poor visibility, icy roads, and blowing winds can never be used as excuses for poor driving. Instead, all drivers must account for the obvious dangers and alter driving patterns accordingly.
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