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City Of Chicago Settlement In Maya Hirsch Hit & Run Accident

A settlement has been reached between the City of Chicago and the family of Maya Hirsch, a 4-year-old girl that was struck and killed during a hit & run accident on May 20, 2006.

David and Danit Steinbach Hirsch, Maya’s parents, sued the city in connection with the accident. They claimed that stop signs, as well as other traffic control markings and devices, were improperly placed and/or had deteriorated.

This settlement comes the night before the start of the civil trial. No details of the settlement or its value have yet been released.


The hit & run accident that claimed the life of Maya Hirsch happened at the intersection of Lincoln Park West and Belden Avenue. As Maya Hirsch attempted to cross the intersection with her mother and her brother Ben, a Lexus driven by Michael Roth, 57, failed to stop at a stop light and hit Maya, her mother and brother. While her brother and mother were slightly injured during the accident, Maya was dragged under the car as witnesses yelled at the car to stop. Maya was immediately taken to the hospital; however, her life could not be saved.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 1 Chicago Sun-Times story titled “City settles with family of girl, 4, killed by hit-run driver near Lincoln Park Zoo” as well as the May 1 CBS Chicago story titled “City Settles With Family Of Girl, 6, Who Died in Hit-And-Run.”

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The “Stop for Maya Foundation,” is described as “…a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting harmony and awareness among pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers on Chicago’s busy roadways.” The website is at www.stopformaya.org

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