Police investigations can sometimes take a considerable amount of time before they can be completed. In many situations, officers must gather as much evidence and information as they can about an accident before they can draw conclusions. Pedestrian accidents may need to be reconstructed in order for authorities to gain a clearer idea on what happened and whether charges may need to be filed.
An investigation is currently open into a fatal accident that recently took place in Illinois. It was reported that a 70-year-old woman was struck by an SUV. The incident took place just before 6 p.m. and led to road closures for some time as police examined the scene. It was not mentioned whether the woman was in a crosswalk or other location near the roadway when she was hit.
The woman suffered serious injuries due to the incident, and she was transported from the scene. Sadly, she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at an area hospital. At this time, police do not believe that drugs, alcohol or speed were contributing factors in the fatal event.
As the investigation continues, additional information may be revealed concerning how the Illinois incident took place. Pedestrian accidents are very serious matters, and the family of the victim may wish to know as much about the situation as possible. As they await the results of the investigation, they may wish to collectively come to the decision as to whether they would like to file a wrongful death claim in order to seek reparations against the driver deemed responsible.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Woman killed after being struck by SUV in Skokie identified“, Carlos Sadovi, Dec. 12, 2014