Correctional Officer killed in a Car Accident While Going to Work in Chicago

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Nikkii Bostic-Jones, 38, was struck while crossing California Avenue near 29th Street just before 11 p.m. Wednesday. According to police sources, she was hit by a navy blue van with stolen license plates and knocked into the path of a sheriff’s squad car, which pinned her underneath it.

After the occurrence, police issued an alert for the van, described as a navy blue full-size conversion van, possibly with blue and white stripes. The alert said the van may have damage to the headlights, front end, and right side.

Late Thursday afternoon, police found a van matching the description and took a 55-year-old man into custody. The man, who has a history of traffic violations, lives near the jail, a source said.
This incident shows that everyone could be at risk of being a victim in a car accident, even a correctional officer. Therefore, it is important to take precautions as pedestrians and always obey traffic rules, including crossing streets in pedestrian crossings and wherever there is a traffic light, crossing only while walk sign is on.

Even thought pedestrians obey traffic rules, sometimes distracted or drunk drivers cause traffic accidents that kill or injure other drivers, passengers, bicyclists, or pedestrians as in this case. Whenever a careless driver causes an accident, the victim should not have to pay for the damage suffered, so it is important to know your legal rights.

If you or a loved one have been involved in an auto accident contact Chicago personal injury attorneys Zneimer & Zneimer P.C for a free personal injury consultation.

Dozens of sheriff’s officers held an early morning vigil today outside Cook County Jail as police continued to question the suspect of the hit-and-run crash that killed their colleague as she was about to begin her overnight shift from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. there. Scott J. Bratlien, the superintendent of the jail’s Division 10 where Bostic-Jones worked, described her as a dedicated officer known for her warm personality. Bostic-Jones worked 13 years with the Cook County sheriff’s office, 12 of them as a correctional officer and a year as a social worker.

If you or a loved one have been involved in an auto accident, contact experienced Chicago personal injury attorneys Zneimer & Zneimer P.C for a free personal injury consultation. We can help you to recover for the damages suffered.