A 73-year-old woman from Northbrook has been charged in an accident that left a 77-year-old pedestrian hospitalized. She reportedly left the scene of the hit and run accident that took place on Sheridan Road at Elm Place in Highland Park. Police responding to the scene found witnesses who stated that a southbound driver hit the woman as she was crossing the street then fled the scene.
Police used debris left at the scene to match the vehicle that had been the cause of the accident. They then followed a tip to a body shop in Northbrook, where they were able to discover the owner’s name and follow her to a rental car facility nearby. The Northbrook woman spoke to officers voluntarily after being apprehended.
The woman is being charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries as well as failure to yield to a pedestrian. Investigators determined that the victim was in a crosswalk at the time of the accident and had the right-of-way when she was struck by the vehicle. Police commented that without the clues provided at the scene that led to the body shop along with the fact that the woman took the car in for repair, the driver might not have been found and arrested.
A personal injury attorney may be able to assist the victim of a car accident in recovering damages for his or her injuries. The victim of a car crash may be entitled to compensation of several types including sums for pain, suffering and mental anguish, payment of medical bills and expenses and compensation for related expenses such as travel, lost wages and living costs.
Source: Patch, “Northbrook Woman Faces Charges in Highland Park Hit-and-Run,”Stan Golovchuk, May 7, 2013