A 50 year old Chicago man from the Northwest Side side neighborhood of Lawndale was struck by a hit-and-run driver while crossing Pulaski Ave Sunday morning the Chicago Sun-times reports. Witnesses say the man was hit by a gold or orange Pontiac traveling approximately 50 mph. The vehicle failed to stop. The man was thrown 30 feet as a result of being hit. The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and is in critical condition.
Hit-and-run accidents are a common occurrence in the city of Chicago. A study commissioned by the Chicago of Transportation has found that Chicago averages two hit-and-run crashes that cause injury or death everyday. Hit-and-run vehicle-pedestrian crashes account for 33% of all vehicle-pedestrian crashes according to this study. The Chicago personal injury law firm of Zneimer & Zneimer know the damage these hit-and-run drivers do. Many injured pedestrians do not have any insurance coverage so they are not only hurt by the hit-and-run driver but they are also stuck with the medical bills and the consequences of not being able to work while they recover. Hit-and-run drivers are a major problem in Chicago with 5,534 incidents of hit-and-runs over a five year period resulting in 3,683 injuries or deaths according to the study.