Numerous factors and studies are taken into account to determine the speed limit for streets. Safety for all drivers and pedestrians are a big factor in determining those limits. While many speed violations may only result in a citation, there are times that speeding can cause a car accident and result in serious consequences. Recently, an Illinois woman lost her life after a speeding driver ran over her causing a fatal injury.
Early in the new year of 2017, a 52-year-old woman was seen collapsing for unknown reasons as she crossed a street within a crosswalk. One nearby driver noticed the woman, stopped his car and turned on his emergency lights. Two other nearby people attempted to run to the woman's aide to help her out of the street. Before they could help the woman, an unidentified hit-and-run driver sped through the crosswalk running over the woman in the process. Street video surveillance showed the driver did not stop after the incident.
Witnesses alerted authorities through 911. Although the woman was taken to a nearby medical center, she later died from her injuries. Other witnesses reported that the street is known for drivers frequently violating the speed limit.
The car accident remains under investigation as authorities review video surveillance and speak to witnesses to identify the hit-and-run driver. The family of the deceased victim may seek wrongful death compensation in an Illinois civil court from the driver, once he or she is identified. A judge will review all evidence presented, and if the negligence of the hit-and-run driver is established, a judge may award compensation to the family for unexpected medical expenses, funeral costs and loss of companionship.
Source: abc7chicago.com, "Woman killed by hit-and-run driver after collapsing in crosswalk", Diane Pathieu, Jan. 2, 2017