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33-year-old man dead in accident, officers searching for driver

A pedestrian accident involving a hit-and-run driver that occurred in Chicago's West Town neighborhood on March 22 left a 33-year-old man dead. An autopsy that was conducted on the man on March 23 determined that his death was directly caused by the collision. The man was reportedly attempting to cross North Aberdeen before 5 p.m. when he was struck. He was immediately transported to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he was pronounced dead at 5:18 p.m.

Witnesses reported that the driver may have been at a nearby bar just prior to the accident, indicating that the driver may have been intoxicated. A witness stated that the driver, who he indicated was male, parked in front of the bar before heading in the direction of North Aberdeen. The direction of where the driver was headed after striking the pedestrian was not known at the time of the report. The vehicle was described as a black SUV. At the time the report was released, the authorities were still trying to identify the driver, and no individual had been taken into custody.

When a driver uses the nation's roadways, they are responsible for driving in a way that keeps everyone safe. However, if they cause a car accident while driving negligently, such as under the influence of alcohol or traveling at excessive speeds, family members of someone who is killed as a result may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim.

A wrongful death claim can be filed regardless of whether a driver is facing criminal charges. While the consequences of a criminal charge can potentially be a jail sentence, it is the wrongful death claim that allows family members of a deceased individual to seek compensation for their loss, which may include the recovery of medical bills and funeral expenses.

Source: WLS, "Hit-and-run driver strikes, kills man in West Town neighborhood", March 23, 2014

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