A young woman in Naperville, Illinois, decided to take her dog for a walk, but the outing ended tragically when she was struck and killed by a car. She was just 22 years old. The woman's family has now decided to pursue a lawsuit against that driver, as they feel that it was a wrongful death.
The accident took place at the intersection between Rickert Street and Book Street, and the young woman was actually crossing over Rickert Street with her dog when she was hit. It was about quarter after eight in the evening. This happened back on the 9th of November in 2014.
The family claims that the young woman was crossing with the light, after looking both ways, but that the car was traveling over the speed limit. They say that this reckless driving led to the death. The greyhound dog that the woman was walking also passed away in the accident.
The driver who struck them is now 74 years old. While police did give him some citations for traffic violations, he was not given any serious charges, even though the woman passed away. The legal team for the family said that they did not feel this was fair and that they are seeking compensation as a result. They are asking for more than $50,000.
As this case demonstrates so well, it is possible to seek financial compensation after a death, even if serious criminal charges are never leveled by the police. Make sure that you are well aware of your legal rights if a loved one has passed away.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Family of woman killed while walking dog sues driver," Clifford Ward, Naperville Sun, March. 20, 2015