Pedestrians can face many hazards while walking along roadways with the main hazard being passing vehicles. If a vehicle does not see the person walking, an accident could quickly occur that results in serious injuries. If those injuries are quite severe, the injured party may not survive the accident and a grieving family could be left behind.
An Illinois man was recently killed in a pedestrian accident as he was walking home. According to reports, the man was traveling south along a roadway when he was hit by an SUV traveling north. The event reportedly took place at 9:17 p.m. and conditions were reported as being dark and stormy.
The pedestrian unfortunately suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision and was declared dead on site approximately two hours after the incident. The victim was 29 years old, and the driver of the SUV was 35 years old. At this time, the driver has not received any citations in relation to the event. However, authorities are continuing to investigate the accident, and more information could become available in the future.
The friends and family of the victim are undoubtedly grief-stricken by the sudden event. Serious injuries are often the result of a pedestrian accident, and a fatality makes the situation significantly more harrowing. The family of the victim could face many challenges in the near future, including emotional and financial struggles due to funeral arrangements and other expenses. As a result, they may wish to consider filing a wrongful death claim in Illinois against the driver deemed at fault in order to seek monetary reparations for permissible damages.
Source: news-gazette.com, “UPDATED: Pedestrian killed in western Vermilion County identified“, , April 4, 2014