Yielding the right of way to pedestrians at all crosswalks is important not only because it’s the law, it also saves lives.
On Saturday, July 13, a fatal hit-and-run pedestrian accident took place in Avondale, IL, one of Chicago’s officially designated community areas. At around midnight, 51-year-old Ronald Lee Hubert was struck by an SUV that was traveling “at a high rate of speed” according to Officer Veejay Zavala.
Hubert was then taken to Advocate Masonic Medical Center where he was pronounced dead approximately one hour later.
The accident happened on the 3000 block of North Milwaukee Ave. on the corner of N. Ridgeway and Milwaukee Ave., an area full of commerce and businesses. Moreover, the intersection was recently marked as a zebra-striped “continental” crosswalk, making it easy for motorists to identify. Not only did the driver, who was reportedly operating a Black Chevrolet Suburban with blue lights, ignore the crosswalk and fail to yield the right of way, he or she also fled the scene shortly thereafter.
So far in 2013, the city of Chicago alone has endured 11 pedestrian and 2 bicyclist fatalities. To spread awareness and save lives, the personal injury law firm of Hupy and Abraham is distributing FREE “I Yield To Pedestrians” and “Watch For Cycles” bumper stickers. Likewise, all motorists should be aware that every corner should be treated just like crosswalks.