An elderly man from the southern Chicago suburb of Orland Park has been killed in a motor vehicle accident, according to the Southtown Star. It is alleged that his car ran a red light and was hit by a commercial truck in the intersection.
The car crash happened at 80th Ave. and Wheeler Drive on Thursday at around 3:45 pm when a southbound box truck slammed into a Toyota Corolla. The driver, Walter Zyck, 91 was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he later passed away from his injuries.
His car incurred serious damage and emergency workers had to extricate him from the vehicle. The Orland Park Police Department is investigating the accident and they are reportedly asking anyone who witnessed the occurrance to call (708) 349-4111.
As a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer, here is what I want to know: Were there any witnesses to the accident? Were there red light cameras at the intersection? If not, how do we know what actually happened? The trucker is stating the victim ran the red light, but his testimony will not be admissible in court (under the Illinois Dead Man’s Act).
It has not been reported if the victim’s family has retained a Chicago Injury Lawyer, but if no witnesses to the crash have been identified, it would be a good idea to seek legal counsel.