Hanover Park, IL – Samuel Garcia Killed in Pedestrian Wreck at Lake & Church Sts
Hanover Park, IL (May 10, 2022) – Officers with the Hanover Park Police Department are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident that took place on Monday night, May 9.
Initial reports from authorities indicate that a 55-year-old village resident was struck and killed by a vehicle as he was walking across Lake Street.
The pedestrian, since identified as Samuel Garcia, was pronounced deceased at the scene, close to the intersection of Lake Street and Church Street, around 10:30 p.m., Police Chief Andrew Johnson said the ongoing investigation includes a crash reconstruction team and that toxicology tests are pending.
Our deepest condolences are extended to the loved ones and family members of Samuel Garcia.
Illinois Pedestrian Accident Fatalities
Pedestrian deaths in the United States have increased by nearly 35% over the past several years, in spite of an overall drop in the number of fatalities caused by other types of vehicle accidents. This devastating trend can be seen throughout Illinois, which is home to some of the country’s most populous cities and walkable neighborhoods, including Chicago and its suburbs, Bloomington, Springfield, and beyond. On the packed streets of these densely populated places, pedestrians are unfortunately at a substantially higher threat of serious injury or death.
In fact, Cook County has the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the state. Pedestrian fatalities surged to a record high in 2019, according to authorities, with over 100 victims in Cook County alone.
When confronted with the stressful aftermath of a major accident, victims may feel confused or frustrated about their next steps, whether they are coping with lingering health concerns, emotional distress, or sizable medical expenditures. Pedestrian accident victims often die as a result of their injuries, leaving grieving families to deal with mounting bills, lost earning potential, and funeral costs, in addition to the indescribable pain of losing a loved one.
However, you may be able to pursue a number of legal options if you’ve been affected by one of these preventable incidents. When you reach out to a Chicago car accident attorney, you may discover that you are entitled to full and fair monetary compensation to cover your damages.
Those who have been wounded as a consequence of another motorist’s careless or distracted driving, or family members who have experienced the death of their loved one, can seek compensation from the negligent or distracted driver under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act. If a case is successful, compensation is awarded to the plaintiffs.
That is why it is critical for family members to contact an experienced Illinois accident lawyer as soon as possible after one of these events. When you’ve been in a preventable crash or had a loved one die at the hands of a reckless motorist, the D&W Law Group will fight hard to get you the justice and robust compensation you deserve.
Our attorneys think that recovering victims and grieving families should never be compelled to pay for costs incurred as a result of a negligent driver’s actions. We will act as your liaison and work carefully to construct a successful accident claim.
Please reach out to the Chicagoland-area D&W Law Group at 312-888-8888 for a customized, no-cost consultation targeted to your specific needs. Our dedicated Chicago wrongful death attorneys will gladly evaluate your legal options and assist you in navigating the claim process.
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