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Just when it seemed it had been a while since Chris Brown made the headlines, authorities announced that they have charged the famous singer after a hit-and-run crash that happened back in May. The crash reportedly happened in Los Angeles and has Brown facing charges of driving without a valid license and a misdemeanor charge of hit-and-run.

The accident occurred when Brown reportedly rear-ended another car near Toluca Lake. Reportedly Brown refused to give his driver’s license information to the other driver and gave fake insurance information. He then left the scene of the crash.

Failing to provide accurate information is a misdemeanor that could land Brown with jail time. However, the celebrity has taken to Twitter to strongly deny all allegations. According to his official Twitter account, Brown states that he provided his driver’s license information and that he had a valid license at the time of the crash. He also states that the insurance information he gave was correct. Brown has posted a picture of what he claims is the other car involved in the accident. According to him, the car shows no damage and there was no damage done to his car either. Brown alleges that the other driver noticed the cameras surrounding him and it caused her to contact “the cops thinking of a payday from Chris Brown when [he] followed proper procedures.”

These charges are significant for Brown who is currently on probation for a 2009 felony after Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting girlfriend Rhianna. With these new charges, a judge could determine Brown is in violation of his parole and revoke it, sending him to jail or prison. Prosecutors have claimed that they will not seek to revoke Brown’s probation due to this recent incident. Brown is also facing charges that he pushed a woman in a nightclub on Saturday night, causing her to fall and injure her knee. He also denies those claims.

When it comes to hit-and-run accidents, each state has slightly different laws but all states require a driver to remain on the scene after a crash and provide basic information. In Illinois, fleeing the scene of a crash that results in great bodily harm or death is a felony charge and can lead to years in prison if a driver is convicted. When a driver causes an accident that injures another and then leaves, the injured person may not receive the needed medical care, which increases the chance of permanent injuries occurring or even death.
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A driver who hit an 8-year-old girl and fled the scene of a crash has been arrested and is being held in lieu of bail in Chicago, according to local police. The driver has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident that caused injury and failure to exercise due care to a pedestrian.

The collision occurred near West 47th Street and South Indiana Avenue in Chicago. The young girl was crossing the street with an adult and several children when the driver, a 36-year-old male, allegedly sped from a green light and hit the child. The impact threw the girl on the hood of the car where she rolled several times before landing on the windshield and then being thrown to the ground, according to an eye witness. The witness said the girl landed on her head when she hit the pavement and that the driver fled the scene without even slowing down after the crash.

Police happened to be in the area and heard the impact of the collision while they were driving on 47th Street. The driver of the car passed the police in a Geo Prism and driving at a high rate of speed, according to the officers, and witnesses later identified the driver as the one who struck the 8-year-old girl.

Officers took the man into custody where bail was set at $75,000. The man currently is being held in lieu of that bail and is awaiting further court proceedings. The girl who was hit was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital and is in stable condition after sustaining blunt force trauma to her body, including her head. The extent of her injuries and what type of medical treatment she required are not yet known.

Drivers flee the scene of accidents for a number of reasons and it is often difficult to determine why a driver leaves. But leaving the scene is never a good idea because police officers routinely determine who the driver was and then the charges against that driver will be much greater after fleeing. In Illinois, leaving the scene of an accident that causes injury or death can be a felony violation with a potential sentence in prison at stake. This charge generally is brought in addition to any other charges that may be applicable, like speeding, running a red light, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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The hit-and-run driver of a vehicle that killed a pedestrian on Wednesday night has been arrested and charged, according to Tinley Park police. The 22-year-old Blue Island resident has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence and failure to stop after an accident causing personal injury or death.

 

 

A 61-year-old man who was visiting Tinley Park from India was crossing 159th Street southbound at 80th Avenue at about 9:30 p.m. when he was hit and killed by a black pickup truck. The truck fled the scene but left evidence including his license plate behind, a key element that helped police make an arrest.

A witness described the victim as laying in the middle of the road, a shoe and a bag he was carrying several feet away from his body and said the impact sounded like a large boom. A relative described the victim as “a very fun loving person” who “liked to travel.” Reportedly, he was a mayor and a social worker in India in his local municipality.

The charges against the driver in this case are significant and if convicted, could result in a long incarceration stint, depending on the driver’s prior history and other extenuating or aggravating factors. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol places a defendant at an immediate risk for a suspended license and fines, if convicted, and the consequences can be more severe.

In America, someone is killed as the result of a drunk driver every 51 minutes. This adds up to over 10,000 deaths at the hands of drunk drivers every year. None of these deaths are necessary and all are preventable by simply not driving after drinking. There are numerous alternatives in Illinois including public transportation, taxis, designated drivers, or even walking. But getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol is reckless and often results in injuries or death of innocent bystanders, as it did in this case.

Driving under the influence is a crime that this driver has been accused of, and leaving the scene of an accident is also a crime. Here, the driver allegedly failed to stop to render aid, failed to wait for the police to respond, did not provide any of his identification information, and did not remain at the scene after the crash. This is a felony offense in Illinois unless the driver needed to seek immediate medical attention, and there is no indication that the driver was hurt in this accident. This charge alone, separate from the DUI charge, may result in jail time if the driver is convicted.

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Two people were killed and a motorist is in custody following a recent hit-and-run crash in Chicago’s Ashburn neighborhood. According to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada, the female driver of a westbound Nissan Quest Minivan struck a 34-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man who were in the process of changing a tire on a car that was parked on the north side of 87th Street. Estrada stated the driver continued without stopping after striking the two people. Witnesses reportedly helped local police track down the vehicle and the driver a few blocks away from the scene of the crash.

A representative from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said both individuals who were hit by the minivan died as a result of the injuries they sustained in the crash. Although the exact cause of the fatal collision is currently under investigation by the Chicago Police, alcohol is allegedly believed to have played a role in the deadly incident. In addition, charges are expected to be filed against the hit-and-run driver.

Regrettably, life-threatening and fatal injuries such as those sustained in this case often result when a pedestrian is struck by a car, truck, or other vehicle. Motorists in Illinois are required to stop and render aid or exchange insurance information after any crash that results in physical harm or property damage. If a driver fails to stop and render aid, he or she may be criminally prosecuted. A driver may also be sued for any damages that resulted from his or her failure to assist an accident victim. The victim of a hit-and-run wreck may be entitled to receive damages for their medical costs, lost wages and benefits, and compensation for any physical injuries. Additionally, certain family members of someone who was killed by a negligent or impaired motorist may also be entitled to recover for wrongful death.

Even if the driver in a hit-and-run crash is not apprehended, the victim has other avenues for recovery. A person who was hurt in a hit-and-run crash may file an uninsured motorist claim against their own insurance company or the policy of someone who resides in the same household. In addition, the family of someone who died as a result of a hit-and-run collision may be eligible to receive compensation pursuant to the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Act. If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a tragic hit-and-run collision, you should contact a skilled car accident attorney to discuss your rights and help you file your case.
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A relative of a 53-year-old Park Ridge man who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Maine Township in November has filed a lawsuit against the driver accused of hitting him. The complaint filed in Cook County Circuit Court alleges the 36-year-old driver of a black Dodge Challenger was speeding when he struck the decedent as he walked along the south side of West Touhy Avenue near the entrance to the Iroquois Woods at Axehead Lake Forest Preserve. In addition, the lawsuit claims the driver, who was reportedly employed as an emergency medical technician in Skokie at the time of the collision, failed to stop and render aid to the injured pedestrian.

According to Frank Bilecki, a spokesperson for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, a passing bicyclist found the pedestrian’s body lying on the side of the roadway and called 911. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office found that the pedestrian died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries sustained in a crash. Following the fatal hit-and-run collision, police reportedly canvassed the area for any witnesses. Bilecki said officers discovered the identity of the alleged hit-and-run driver after he took his vehicle to a local body shop for repairs.

Unfortunately, life-threatening injuries often result when a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle. Drivers in Illinois must stop and render aid or exchange insurance information following any accident that results in physical harm or property damage. If a motorist fails to stop, he or she may be criminally prosecuted and lose all driving privileges. As happened in this tragic case, a driver may also be sued for any damages that resulted from his or her failure to render aid. An individual who was injured by a negligent driver may be entitled to collect compensation for their medical expenses and physical injuries. In addition, the family of a person who was killed by a motorist may also be able to recover for wrongful death. If you were hurt or lost a close relative in a hit-and-run or other motor vehicle accident, you should contact a capable car accident attorney to discuss your options for recovery.
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A 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.
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Local police are currently investigating the death of a retired Steger Fire Department Captain who was recently killed in a hit-and-run accident in Crete. The 70-year-old man was reportedly crossing Main Street in front of a coffee shop when he was struck by an unidentified vehicle. After the accident was discovered, emergency responders transported the pedestrian to Franciscan St. James Health Hospital in Chicago Heights. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the man died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash about four hours later.

The Crete Police Department stated evidence at the scene of the fatal pedestrian accident suggests the man was hit by a Chevrolet or GMC Sport Utility Vehicle. Law enforcement officers are allegedly reviewing closed circuit video taken at a nearby business in the hopes of uncovering the identity of the hit-and-run driver. Crete Police Sgt. Brian Voticke said the vehicle will likely have noticeable front end damage as a result of the accident. Voticke added that the man’s death is now being investigated as a reckless homicide.

A hit-and-run accident occurs anytime a motorist collides with and causes damage to a person or property and flees the scene. In Illinois, a driver who is involved in an accident that results in an injury to a person or damage to property must stop at the accident scene to render aid or exchange insurance information. Failure to do so may result in the loss of driving privileges and a variety of criminal charges.

Hit-and-run crashes that involve a pedestrian often result in serious or life-altering injuries. Head trauma, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and death frequently result whenever a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle. The victim in a hit-and-run accident may be eligible to receive compensation for the cost of their medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Additionally, the close relative of someone who is killed in a hit-and run collision may also file a wrongful death claim.

When the driver in a hit-and-run collision is not apprehended, the victim still has other avenues for recovery. Someone who is injured in a hit-and-run crash may file an uninsured motorist claim against their own insurance company or that of someone who resides in their household. Additionally, the family of someone who was killed in a hit-and-run accident may be eligible to receive compensation from the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Act. If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a hit-and-run crash, you should contact a skilled car accident lawyer to help you file your case.
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A former Chicago police detective has been convicted due to his involvement in a fatal DUI, hit and run accident that occurred in 2009, according to the Chicago Tribune. The wreck occurred on the Dan Ryan Expressway and two men were killed. A witness stated the defendant was traveling at a high rate of speed immediately before the accident occurred.

At the time of the crash the detective had been with the department for 18 years. He reportedly walked away from the accident scene as emergency workers were still frantically working to free two men that were trapped inside a burning car.

The two men that were killed in the accident were ages 23 and 21. The 21-year-old was a student at Depaul University.

An Illinois pedestrian accident lawyer at Abels & Annes is representing a woman who was hit by a taxi cab on the North Side of Chicago. The collision which took place on February 12, 2011 at approximately 12:50 a.m. The cab driver fled the scene of the accident.

The plaintiff was on Halsted Street in Chicago, Illinois just north of its intersection with Belmont. She exited a taxi that she was riding in and began walking toward the sidewalk adjacent to Halsted. A second, unknown taxi was driving northbound on Halsted at the same time. The taxi was traveling at a high rate of speed and struck the pedestrian, who was walking toward the Halsted sidewalk. The force of the impact was so great that it threw her airborne and caused her to land on the pavement. The unknown taxi continued northbound on Halsted and fled the scene.

The Chicago Police Department responded to the scene of the collision. Three witnesses confirmed that the hit-and-run taxi was at fault and that it fled the scene of the collision. The responding officer determined that the taxi caused the incident by failing to reduce his speed to avoid a collision.

Based upon the facts and circumstances surrounding the occurrence at issue, it is clear that the sole proximate cause of the collision was the negligent conduct of the hit-and-run driver. If anyone has any information regarding the identity of the taxi driver, you are encouraged to contact the Chicago Police Department or this office.

This case illustrates the importance of contacting an Illinois injury lawyer after being involved in an accident. So often injured pedestrians, bicycle riders, etc. call our office not really knowing if they have a case, or thinking they have a case for the wrong reasons. When the person calls us, it gives lawyers the opportunity to evaluate the situation and at least get the victim pointed in the right direction.

For example, in this case the pedestrian had no idea she could make a claim on her auto policy. She contacted us for help in trying to track down the taxi driver. We did make an effort in that regard. Requests were made to the City to preserve traffic videos and photos in the area. Unfortunately, the accident was not caught on film. It has been over a year since the accident, so it is highly unlikely that the driver will be brought to justice.

Due to the fact that the defendant fled the scene of the occurrence, our law office is pursuing an Illinois uninsured, hit-and-run motorist claim on behalf of our client with her own auto insurance carrier, State Farm. If the plaintiff didn’t contact our office, she never would have known that she had a claim and she would’ve lost out on collecting thousands and thousands of dollars.

Following the collision, the plaintiff had an immediate onset of face, back and left leg pain. She was placed in a cervical collar and on a backboard by paramedics at the scene. She was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital’s Emergency Department, where she complained of severe body pain, especially in her left leg, left side of her face, and her back. A history was taken, she was examined, and diagnostic tests were performed. She was dizzy with even the slightest movement and had numerous abrasions. The left side of her face was visibly swollen from the collision and she was nauseated. On exam, she had pain and tenderness to her left leg and her paraspinal muscles as well as the left side of her face. She also had tachycardia.

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Kevin Conway, a popular NASCAR driver, was in Florida for this year’s Daytona 500 when he received an e-mail that said officers had finally made an arrest for the hit-and-run car accident in Naperville that killed a woman back in 2008. He was notified that the driver had finally turned himself in. He turned himself in with help from Conway.

“To get that e-mail this morning was an awesome way to start the racing season,” said Conway.Our Chicago car accident attorneys understand that the hit-and-run driver showed up at the victim’s sister’s house in Joliet and admitted to being the man they had been looking for since the 2008 accident. The hit-and-run driver admitted to seeing reports about the young girl’s death on TV and in newspapers across the state. He even said that he saw Conway’s car in the nationally televised race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet and saw the featured photo of the girl he hit and killed years before. The message on Conway’s car pleaded for info regarding the hit-and-run driver.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Conway, the driver of the Nemco Motorsports racing team featured a missing persons ad on the back of his vehicle back in 2011. The ad was used to connect local communities supporting the event with NASCAR fans nationwide.

Conway says that there are so many fans across the nation, there are millions watching on television and thousands at the track. He felt that his car was an effective medium to help form a bond between NASCAR and the community and help to find this driver. That bond was successful. Just months after the race, he received the e-mail. The hit-and-run driver had finally turned himself in, four years after the accident.

After four years, the man involved in this hit-and-run accident has been charged and is currently sitting in jail with a $1 million bond.

What’s odd is that the hit-and-run driver didn’t turn himself into the police, but he showed up at the victim’s family’s house. Once he arrived, he rang the doorbell and said he had to speak with the victim’s sister. They invited him inside their home. They sat around the kitchen table and listened to the man’s confession.

He has now been charged in Will County with leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

According to AAA, drivers leave the scene of an accident for a number of reasons. They typically leave because they aren’t properly licensed, they’re drunk behind the wheel, they’re fighting immigration issues, they don’t have the proper insurance to cover the damages, they’re wanted for another crime, etc.

Whatever the cause, attorneys at our office are very aware of the ongoing problem, as we receive phone calls about hit-and-run accidents on a regular basis. When this type of accident occurs the offending driver is usually not located. In this situation, car crash attorneys from our office will pursue an uninsured motorist claim against our client’s own auto insurance policy.

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