“Hit & Run” accidents continue to be a major problem throughout the Chicago area. On this site, accidents in which a driver leaves the accident scene are summarized in the “Hit & Run” category. While there are many reasons that drivers may wish to flee the scene of the accident, one reason is that they may fear the repercussions of their actions if they are at fault for causing the accident. Many times “Hit & Run” drivers are driving while intoxicated (DUI). Other such drivers may be traveling in a stolen vehicle or otherwise be involved in criminal activity.
There have been at least two notable recent hit & run accidents in Chicago, with one leading to the death of the pedestrian.
Details on both of the accidents appear limited at this time.
There was a fatal “hit & run” accident late Saturday (April 30, 2016) evening in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 10:45 p.m., as a 42-year-old woman and 39-year-old man were walking across South Archer Avenue (at the intersection with South Lavergne Avenue) when they were struck by a red Jeep.
Hit-and-run accidents in Chicago and the greater Chicago area remain a significant issue. Often, those hit-and-run drivers fail to stop as they are intoxicated on either alcohol and/or drugs. Other times, hit-and-run drivers are speeding and/or driving recklessly, and they don’t want to stop as they fear the ramifications of being held at fault for their actions.
Hit-and-run accidents in which pedestrians are struck are especially notable. As seen in numerous recent incidents, these types of pedestrian accidents have led to fatalities.
There was a fatal hit & run accident on Thursday night (December 24, 2015) in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood.
According to Chicago Police, the accident happened in the 4200 block of West Ogden Avenue at approximately 10:00 p.m. At that time, a woman, who was pregnant, was struck by a car. The car left the accident scene.
There was a motorcycle accident Thursday morning (October 8, 2015) on the Edens Expressway that led to the motorcyclist’s death.
According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the original motorcycle accident happened when a car and motorcycle, both traveling southbound on the Edens near Willow Road, hit a deer at approximately 12:20 a.m.
There was a fatal hit & run accident Sunday night (April 20, 2014) in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood.
The fatal accident happened at approximately 9:40 p.m., when a 67-year-old woman was crossing North Avenue at Luna. She was struck by a car that was heading west on North Avenue. Some media accounts say the car was also speeding at the time of the hit & run.
According to an eyewitness account, the car first hit two parked cars before striking the woman.
There was an apparent hit & run accident in Joliet on Saturday night (February 22, 2014) that led to the death of a 62-year-old man.
This accident appears to have happened late Saturday night, as Joliet Police received a call just before midnight regarding a man’s body on the road. The man was found on North Center Street near Frank Avenue, and the man was pronounced dead at the accident scene at 1:35 a.m.
In the May 1 blog post titled “City Of Chicago Settlement In Maya Hirsch Hit & Run Accident,” the Maya Hirsch case and the underlying Chicago hit & run accident were discussed. However, at that time, the amount of the settlement was not disclosed.
Yesterday, various media sources disclosed that the City of Chicago settled the case for $3.25 million.