Crosswalks are supposed to provide pedestrians a way to safely cross the street. Lawful use of the crosswalk should provide safe passage for pedestrians, as well as provide motorists guidance as to how to interact with walkers attempting to cross the street.
However, crosswalk pedestrian accidents continue to happen. Many posts (found in the “Pedestrian Accidents” category) on this site have summarized Chicago-area pedestrian accidents in which a person was hit while lawfully walking in a crosswalk.
Pedestrian accident injuries vary in severity, and can impact many parts of the body. Common injuries include bruises, as well as leg, knee, ankle, chest, and head trauma. Soft-tissue damage are also common.
On Saturday (December 28, 2019) night a man was hit by a vehicle as he was walking in a crosswalk. The vehicle that hit the man then left the accident scene. This Chicago pedestrian accident happened in the Brighton Park neighborhood.
The man struck was seriously injured.
This hit & run accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the December 30, 2019 Chicago Tribune article titled “Chicago police release images of SUV that struck 73-year-old pedestrian, fled scene of the crash in Brighton Park.” An excerpt:
Authorities on Sunday night released images of a red Jeep Patriot wanted in connection with the hit-and-run, which happened about 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the city’s Brighton Park neighborhood.
Officials said a 73-year-old man was using a crosswalk to head east through the intersection of South California Avenue at West 44th Street, according to Sally Bown, a police spokeswoman.
The pedestrian’s injuries included multiple fractures, as well as head injuries. According to the CBS Chicago article (with video) of December 29 (“Man Struck, Seriously Injured…“) those head injuries included skull fractures.
This Chicago hit & run accident continues to be under investigation by the Chicago Police Department Major Accident Investigation Unit.
Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the articles mentioned above.
Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”
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