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High School Honors Student Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in Schaumburg

1060242_walkin_man-sxchu-username-mrceviz.jpgA Schaumburg teenager was killed recently in an apparent hit-and-run accident. The 18-year-old Schaumburg High School senior was allegedly struck by a motor vehicle while walking along Schaumburg Road near Branchwood Drive. Emergency responders reportedly arrived at the accident scene to find the young man’s body lying in the roadway. Despite all efforts to revive the teenager, the honors student was pronounced dead about 20 minutes after paramedics arrived.

The exact cause of the young man’s death is currently being analyzed by the Investigations Division and Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team from the Schaumburg Police Department. In addition, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is reportedly assisting with the investigation. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the teen’s death was caused by a hit-and-run collision. Following the young man’s death, local police reportedly canvassed the area in search of potential accident witnesses. Schaumburg Police Sergeant John Nebl said he would like more information regarding not only the identity of the driver who struck the teen, but also exactly how the 18-year-old came to be in the street.

Unfortunately, as occurred in this tragic case, catastrophic or fatal injuries often result when a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle. Sadly, the victim of a hit-and run accident may suffer from a traumatic head injury, broken bones, paralysis, and even death. Motorists in Illinois are required to stop and render aid or exchange insurance information following any collision that results in physical injury or property damage. If a driver fails to stop, he or she may be criminally prosecuted and lose all driving privileges.

Someone who was hurt by a hit-and run driver may be eligible to collect financial damages for their injuries. The family of someone who was killed by a motorist may also be able to recover for wrongful death. Even if a hit-and-run driver is not apprehended, the victim of such a collision may file an uninsured motorist claim against their own automobile insurance policy or the policy of someone who lives in their household. In addition, the close relatives of someone who was killed by a hit-and-run driver may be eligible to receive benefits from the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Act. If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a hit-and-run accident, it is a good idea to discuss your options for recovery with an experienced car accident attorney.

If you were the victim of a hit-and-run crash in Illinois, please give the lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. a call at (312) 475-9596. Our hardworking Chicago car accident attorneys are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week to answer your questions and help you in file your personal injury case. The dedicated lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. are here to help you achieve the compensation you deserve based upon the severity of your accident injuries. Our committed attorneys have years of experience advocating on behalf of clients throughout the Chicago Metro who were hurt by a negligent driver. To speak with a competent personal injury lawyer today, contact Abels & Annes, P.C. through our website.

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Additional Resources:

Teen Killed By Hit-And-Run Accident In Schaumburg, Chicago.cbslocal.com

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