A 6 year old Chicago girl was killed on Saturday when she was hit in a crosswalk while attempting to cross Loomis with her 16 year old sister. Diamond Robinson died at a local hospital after the accident. The accident happened around 8:20 p.m.
The driver, Thomas Young who was headed south bound on Loomis Ave. in Chicago at the time was cited by police for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, driving too fast and driving without insurance.
Relatives say that Diamond Robinson who was a first-grader at Brownell Elementary School enjoyed school and received an award for perfect attendance.
A man who lives close to the accident site, Eddric Tolliver, noted to the Chicago Sun-Times reporter Mitch Dudek that “cars come flying down this street doing damn near 50, sometimes 60 miles per hour. There are accidents all the time at that corner. They need a stop sign there, or at least a speed bump, or something.”
Chicago injury attorneys, Zneimer and Zneimer handle many pedestrian injury cases and the vast majority of the time, the pedestrian is hit by a car while attempting to cross a street in a crosswalk. Currently, the law requires drivers to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. Residents of Chicago know, however, that drivers rarely yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk in Chicago. Residents of Chicago also know that there are no consequences since the law is rarely enforced. Chicago police vehicles do not even yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed an ordinance that would require drivers to to stop at a crosswalk when pedestrians are attempting to cross. It is hard to see how the change would make any difference unless police actually enforced the law.