Law enforcement personnel are investigating a suspect in a car accident that ended the life of a 13-year veteran of the Cook County Jail. The suspect left the scene after the hit-and-run accident. However, an all-points bulletin alerted the community of the car license plate number, and the number was reported to the police. The suspect was then questioned about the wrongful death accident. The correctional officer was walking across the street to the job she loved when the van hit her. It pushed her into the path of another vehicle where she was trapped. The woman leaves behind her husband of seven years and a 6-year-old daughter.
July 2012 Archives
A husband and wife were killed earlier this month when a railroad bridge collapsed 28 loaded coal cars fell onto their car. The couple had driven underneath the bridge as, apparently unknown to them, a train had derailed. The weight of stacked and loaded coal cars caused the bridge to fall on the couple. There was so much debris that workers did not find any indication that there were casualties from the accident until the next day, when someone spotted the bumper of their car. A search found the couple inside.
A car-pedestrian accident in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, has resulted in a wrongful death lawsuit against a cab company and a cab driver. Nearly a year ago, an 86-year-old woman was struck while attempting to cross the street within the crosswalk. The cab driver had received a number of prior traffic citations, all of which had been dismissed. This fatal crash resulted in two citations against the driver for lack of due care for a pedestrian within a crosswalk and failure to yield. The wrongful death suit was filed by the woman's brother and seeks compensation for loss of companionship. The claim is against the driver and against the cab company, Yellow Cab Affiliation Inc.
There is no doubting that the weeks and months after a fatal incident can be quite difficult for a victim's loved ones. It sometimes takes many years for families to gain closure after a tragic accident, even if the responsible party is held accountable.