One brother killed, another seriously injured in Chicago car crash

On behalf of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC posted in Wrongful Death on Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Chicago family was struck twice by tragedy last Saturday morning when a hit-and-run driver slammed into a vehicle carrying two brothers in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

One brother, 24 years old, was killed and the other, 21 years old, seriously injured in the horrific car accident.

The older brother had picked up his younger brother around 5:30 Saturday morning to give him a ride to work at a hardware store.

The two men were going through a West Division Street intersection when another vehicle apparently went through a red light and slammed into their vehicle.

The older brother was transported from the accident scene in the 3500 block of West Division to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. He was pronounced dead at 6:16 that morning, a spokesperson for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.

His twin brother spoke with a TV station: “My brother’s up there in peace, and I know he’s watching out for me. He’s a very good guy.”

The other brother is reportedly in serious condition at Mount Sinai Hospital with unspecified injuries. He is expected to recover, however, according to a family member.

A 25-year-old man who was a passenger in the vehicle that hit the two brothers was apparently left at the accident scene by the driver, who fled on foot.

Police have the driver’s vehicle and are looking for him or her.

Earlier this week, police released photos of a truck whose driver might have witnessed the fatal crash.

Officials said the driver of a dark pick-up truck with a double cab was facing south on South Central Park Avenue at the corner of West Grand Avenue and might have seen the collision.

Let’s hope the driver comes forward and helps clarify the circumstances of this tragedy.

In similar cases, a negligent driver can be held responsible for his actions by an accident injury victim or by a family that lost a loved one in a crash. In either case, an experienced attorney should be contacted as soon as possible in order to begin the collection of evidence and sorting out of legal options.

Source: NBC Chicago, “Man Killed, Brother Injured in Humboldt Park Car Crash,” Nov. 24, 2012