On Monday evening, Chicago police officers received a call of a hit-and-run in the block of 6400 South Paulina Street in West Englewood. When they arrived, they found a 64-year-old woman and her 14-year-old grandson injured at the scene.
Reports indicate that a teal Pontiac Montana minivan struck the two victims as they crossed South Paulina Street. The minivan sped away after the impact and did not render any form of aid to the woman or her grandson.
Paramedics took the grandmother to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for examination and treatment of her injuries. The fire department listed the woman in serious condition but her physicians at Advocate Christ have since declared her in critical condition as a result of the crash. Her grandson was transported to the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital where doctors have declared him in fair condition. It is not yet clear what injuries either suffered in the collision.
Police continued to investigate the accident and shortly after the 6:00 p.m. collision, they located a minivan fitting the description. The driver was pulled over and arrested in connection with the hit-and-run but the police are seeking help from any witnesses in the matter.
If you have any information regarding this accident or who was driving the van at issue, please call the Chicago Police Department.
It is Illegal in Illinois to flee the scene of an accident that you were involved in before speaking with police and other responding officers, whether or not the collision was your fault. Leaving the scene of an accident can be a felony violation of the law, meaning that drivers who do so can face serious time in prison if convicted. Not only is it against the law, but leaving the scene of a crash also significantly endangers anyone who has been injured in the accident. If a victim is unable to call for help and a driver flees the scene, the needed medical attention may be significantly delayed and result in further injury or even death.
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, regardless of whether you were in a car, on a bicycle, on a motorcycle, or a pedestrian, you may have a claim for your injuries that is separate from any traffic and criminal charges that the driver receives. The claim can cover your losses and may include things like medical bills and pain and suffering.
If you have been hurt, call the Chicago hit-and-run injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today for a free, no-obligation telephone consultation about your case and your rights. We have a lawyer standing by at (312) 924-7575 to take your call 24 hours a day or you can contact us online. Let us help you get a financial recovery you deserve.
Prior Blog Entries:
3-Year-Old Attacked by Pit Bulls in Chicago Home, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 10, 2013.
Philadelphia Building Collapse Kills at Least 6, Injures 14 Others, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 6, 2013.
Cops seek witnesses after hit-and-run injures boy, grandmother, by Rosemary Regina Sobol and Adam Sege, Chicago Tribune, published June 11, 2013.