Authorities believe that a fatal pedestrian accident in Humboldt Park occurred because of a man driving under the influence of alcohol. A 33-year-old man from Wicker Park allegedly struck a 55-year-old pedestrian walking in the 2700 block of North Avenue on Aug. 24. The driver faces charges for two counts of DUI, striking a pedestrian in a roadway and driving without insurance.
According to an off-duty police officer, the driver traveled east at about 40 mph when the front of his truck hit the pedestrian. The driver reportedly did not break or attempt to avoid the man in the marked crosswalk. The pedestrian suffered multiple head injuries and was moved to Illinois Masonic Hospital in critical condition at about 8:30 p.m. He later died.
The driver stopped before Talman Avenue and seemed dazed when exiting his vehicle; he reportedly refused a sobriety test when police first detained him. The man later consented to a test around 3:30 a.m., and his blood alcohol content level was twice the legal limit at .16 percent. He supposedly admitted to having a few drinks and was held on $200,000 bail.
A family may struggle after an accident takes the life of a loved one, but a victim's family can seek compensation for funeral costs, pain and suffering and lost wages by filing a wrongful death claim when a negligent driver's actions causes a wreck. Those who tailgate, text and drive, speed or drive drunk may be liable for a car accident. If a driver does not have insurance, a victim's insurance company might provide benefits. One may also be able to seek damages from the responsible party, and an attorney could be helpful when navigating these other options.
Source: DNAinfo Chicago, "Wicker Park Man Charged With Drunken Driving in Fatal Humboldt Park Crash", Darryl Holliday , August 26, 2014