Teen sentenced to probation for Chicago pedestrian accident that leaves classmate suffering from a traumatic brain injury

A suburban teenager has abruptly pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a Chicago pedestrian accident that critically injured a fellow New Trier High School student.

ABC7 reported that the 18-year-old woman pleaded guilty to one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident and one count of misdemeanor DUI for driving with marijuana in her system. She was sentenced to two months probation with drug treatment and will not be permitted to go to college out of state. She also must complete 120 hours of community service at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where the teenager she struck is in rehab.

The 16-year-old girl suffered a brain injury in the May 14 hit-and-run accident in Winnetka. She is now in out-patient rehabilitation and goes several times a week. We first reported this case on our Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog in May, when an anonymous donor posted the teenager’s $500,000 bail.

The defendant was accused of striking the victim outside the New Trier High School at Green Bay and Winnetka roads. She was stopped by police and arrested about a half an hour later.

The Sun-Times reported that the victim has undergone two brain surgeries and is facing extensive rehabilitation. Her prognosis is uncertain.

The Chicago Tribune report is available here.

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