May 10, 2011

Child dies after Tinley Park car accident

by Levin & Perconti

A young girl, only five years of age, died this afternoon after being a victim of an Illinois car accident in Tinley Park. Tinley Park, Illinois is a popular suburb on the Southwest side of Chicago. The Tinley Park car accident occurred this afternoon on the 6500 block of 175th Street. The Tinley Park police announced that the vehicle that hit the young girl was driven by a 16 year-old boy. A neighbor reported that the young girl had run into the street to chase a ball when she was hit by the car. The Illinois car accident victim was taken to a local hospital and it was unclear if any charges are pending against the teenage driver of the other vehicle.

Less than one week ago, a similar incident where a child was killed in a car accident occurred across the country. The facts were eerily similar: a 6 year-old girl ran to chase her ball into the street. In that situation, the driver left the scene. The story was tragic – neighbors, family, and friends of the little girl were all in tears when the girl laid lifeless on the street. While paramedics attempted to save her, they were unable to do so and the 6 year-old girl was later pronounced dead. The young girl had been playing in her family’s front yard with a ball. When the ball rolled into the street, the little girl ran after it and a vehicle “appeared out of nowhere” according to eye witnesses.

Our Chicago injury lawyers hope that witnesses come forward soon on the hit-and-run accident. As for the Tinley Park wrongful death, our Chicago personal injury attorneys will keep the child’s family in our thoughts and prayers. Our attorneys have successfully handled numerous cases involving injuries to minors and children and have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients, including a record-setting $10 million settlement for a 5 year-old boy who was run over by a City of Chicago Fire Department truck while playing with an open hydrant.

Read more about the 5 year-old girl who passed away after the Chicago car accident at the Chicago Tribune.