A car traveling eastbound on Oakton Street in Skokie hit and killed an elderly male pedestrian as he was crossing the street southbound. The accident happened near Oakton Park, although authorities stated that neither the man nor the driver had anything to do with the park.
The North Regional Major Crimes Task Force - Major Crash Assist Team is helping the Skokie Police Department investigate the auto accident. The group is made up of specialists from several suburban police departments, who join for serious events to share their expertise in finding answers.
One female witness reported that she saw the windshield of the car was smashed, and the man's personal effects as well as a shoe were visible. Firefighters and paramedics came to the scene of the accident as well as police, who stayed long after the other two groups had left. The man's identity has not been released as authorities are waiting to notify his next of kin.
Accidents involving cars and pedestrians are all too common, and many people are injured or killed because of them. Those involved in such accidents often face difficulties such as loss of wages and high medical bills, both of which can stretch the family budget. The families of pedestrians who lose their lives may also need financial help, especially if the victim was the primary breadwinner. A skilled personal injury attorney in Illinois may be able to help those seeking compensation by obtaining the details of the case, including interviewing key witnesses and retrieving records from the authorities. A lawyer may be able to negotiate with insurance companies and work with other parties in an attempt to arrive at a favorable outcome.
Source: Skokie Patch, "Pedestrian Killed In Skokie Crash Thursday Morning", Pam DeFiglio , September 29, 2013