Driver Identified In Fatal “Hit & Run” Accident On I-294

“Hit & Run” accidents continue to be a problematical aspect of traffic safety in the Chicago metropolitan area.  On this site, accidents in which a driver flees the accident scene are summarized in the “Hit & Run” category.  While there are many reasons as to why a driver may want to leave an accident scene, one of the main reasons is that the driver does not want to be held accountable for the consequences resulting from the accident.  In many instances the driver who flees the accident scene is at fault for the accident.

There was a fatal “hit & run” accident that happened on September 18, 2017 on Interstate 294 (I-294) near Alsip.  The accident involved an Illinois Tollway worker, David Schwarz, 48, of Monee, being fatally struck by a semi truck.  At the time of the accident, Schwarz was pickup up debris in the southbound lane of I-294 near Cicero Avenue.

The driver of the truck allegedly did not stop after hitting Schwarz.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the February 2, 2018 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Family Of Tollway Worker Fatally Struck by Semi Speaks Out” with regard to the events leading up to Schwarz allegedly being struck by the truck driver, Christian Hannah:

Schwarz had pulled his vehicle as far off the road as he could, had his flashers and warning lights on, and had put up signs to alert traffic. Despite all of that, 26-year-old Christian Hannah allegedly struck and killed Schwarz, and then drove away from the scene.

According to the ISP, Hannah turned himself in this last week.

Another excerpt regarding the crash, from the Daily Southtown article of February 2, 2018 titled “Semi driver charged in fatal crash was reported driving recklessly…,” quoting Illinois State Police (ISP) Capt. Robert Meeder:


About 20 minutes before the crash, a 911 call reported Christian Hannah’s dry-bulk semi trailer as speeding, driving in the left lane and driving recklessly, Meeder said.

Hannah, a 26-year-old Ohio truck driver, has been charged with reckless homicide. He appeared in bond court Thursday at the Cook County Courthouse in Bridgeview. His bail was set at $175,000.


As discussed in the Daily Southtown article a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County regarding the accident.  The defendants are the truck driver (Hannah), the trucking company he worked for, and the towing company that had allegedly left behind the debris that Schwarz was picking up at the time of the crash.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal hit & run accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the articles mentioned above.


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