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Hit-and-run crash kills woman, Illinois man charged

A 64-year-old woman is dead after she was hit by a car while crossing a street in Chicago's Austin neighborhood. The driver allegedly fled the scene of the April 20 accident but was later arrested and charged for the incident.

Police said that the hit-and-run car accident happened on West North Avenue shortly after 9:30 p.m. The 64-year-old woman was crossing the street when a 32-year-old man driving west on the avenue struck her, according to police. The driver reportedly turned around near the scene and then fled. Emergency personnel transported the woman to Loyola University Medical Center, but she did not survive the injuries suffered in the accident.

Authorities ultimately located and detained the 32-year-old man, a Chicago resident. Police took him into custody on charges of felony failure to notify officials of a crash, felony aggravated DUI causing death and felony hit-and-run causing death. Police also charged the man with misdemeanor DUI of drugs and misdemeanor DUI of alcohol. Moreover, authorities said the man faces a parole violation.

Certain family members of the deceased woman in this case, such as a spouse or next of kin if she has them, may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver to seek compensation for their losses. The survivors may be able to recover the cost of the woman's medical aid, funeral and burial. The compensation may also cover non-tangible damages, such as mental suffering, grief and sorrow associated with the victim' death.

If the victim's survivors do press forward with civil action, a personal injury lawyer may be essential. These attorneys may consult with accident reconstructionists, private investigators and the police department to establish the driver's liability and demonstrate the survivors' losses.

Source: Illinois State Government, 'DAMAGES--WRONGFUL DEATH"

Source: CBS Chicago, "Maywood Man Charged In Sunday Fatal Hit-And-Run", April 22, 2014

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