Aurora police are searching for the driver of an SUV that struck a young boy and fled the scene on Wednesday evening. The suspect is female and was driving a dark-colored Nissan Pathfinder at the time of the crash.
Police say that the child, a 13-year-old male, was crossing Talma Street in Aurora at its intersection with 5th Avenue around 5:00 p.m. This is a four-way intersection in a residential area with relatively low traffic. There are marked pedestrian crosswalks for travel in each direction at this intersection yet the suspect allegedly struck the teen as he crossed. Without stopping, the driver continue on eastbound 5th Avenue and turned onto Jackson Street.
The child suffered serious head trauma and was transported to nearby Rush-Copley Medical Center. Due to the nature of his injuries, the teen was airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for treatment. His current condition and the extent of his injuries are not known.
Police want to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the accident or the fleeing vehicle or anyone who may known something about the accident or driver. The public is encouraged to call the Aurora Police Department with any tips.
If the driver in this incident is apprehended, she may face felony charges in addition to any traffic violations. This is because Illinois law makes it a felony to leave the scene of an accident where someone is seriously injured or killed. Besides committing an additional crime, drivers who flee an accident scene place victims at additional risks. If the driver does not stay or contact the authorities, a victim may experience significant delays in obtaining needed medical treatment which increases the chance of permanent injury or death.
It is not widely known that a victim of a hit-and-run driver can still make a financial recovery for any injuries he sustained, even if the driver is never located. This type of claim is available to many victims in the state and a personal injury lawyer can help you learn if you have a case.
If you have been injured through the negligent actions of a driver, call the Chicago hit-and-run injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today for a no obligation telephone consultation. We never charge a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf and we have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day to take your call at (312) 924-7575. If you have been hurt, you have rights and you may be entitled to compensation, so please call us today and let us help you towards your recovery.
Prior Blog Entries:
Motorcycle Deaths Increasing in Illinois, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 20, 2013.
Hockey Brings Injuries for Fans in Two Separate Games, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 19, 2013.
Police: SUV plows into boy, flees scene in Aurora, by Rosemary Regina Sobol, Chicago Tribune, published June 19, 2013.
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