“Hit & Run” accidents continue to be a traffic safety issue in the Chicago metropolitan area. On this site, accidents in which a driver leaves the accident scene are summarized in the “Hit & Run” category. Recently there have been numerous notable Chicago “hit & run” accidents in which people have been struck by cars. As is often the case in pedestrian accidents, serious injuries often result when a vehicle strikes a person. One injury that can occur is head injuries. Many of these injuries lead to fatalities.
While there are many reasons why drivers choose to leave an accident scene, one reason is that the driver may fear the repercussions if they are at fault for causing the accident. Often “hit & run” drivers are driving after drinking or driving after taking drugs. Other times, the driver may be driving at high speed or otherwise be driving in a (highly) negligent or careless fashion.
Other “hit & run” drivers may not want to have to answer to police, as they may be driving a stolen vehicle or otherwise be involved in criminal activity.
On Tuesday (November 14, 2017) there was a “hit & run” accident in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood after which the man struck died from accident injuries on Friday (November 17, 2017).
The accident is discussed in the November 18, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed in Logan Square hit-and-run crash” as well as the November 19 Chicago Tribune article titled “Man, 68, killed in hit-and-run crash on Northwest Side.”
An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article:
Efrain Rivera, 68, was struck by a vehicle about 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 3500 block of West Armitage, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The vehicle then drove away east on Armitage.
An autopsy revealed that Efrain Rivera died of “closed head” injuries suffered during the accident.
The accident remains under investigation by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accidents Investigation Unit.
Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the sources mentioned above.